Mar 29, 2015 7:20 PM by Charlene Cheng
Residents in the Stillwater Heights neighborhood of Redding think of the local park as their social center.
"The way the neighborhood is situated, it's broken into two halves. We got the lower lobe and we have the upper half. The park is the main walk-through," resident Melissa Freilich said.
But it's quickly becoming dated.
Freilich is leading the effort to renovate the park.
With help from local children, they've already raised $800 selling food vouchers for a picnic fundraiser, a display to city officials how important this is to them.
According to neighbors, this park is one of the oldest in the city, dating back to 1995.
"The sidewalk has got a big crack in it, and they easily can fall down and hurt themselves," said Stefanie Mallory, a neighborhood parent.
And that's just a part of it.
The wooden play structure is splintering and rotting away, and the metal slides are unbearably hot under the summer sun.
Freilich says that this is unacceptable.
The futures of the neighborhood kids depend on the future of the park.
"I believe that it's important to create opportunities for kids to expend their energy in a safe environment, and if they don't have that, they're going to seek it out," she said.