“It’s like water in the desert. This is all that’s here,” said said Angela Walker to WDIX ClickOnDetroit. “But beyond that, this is our community and we deserve a quality park.”
A $1 million dollar shortfall in the Wayne County, MI budget has now put the future of one park on the east side of Detroit in question, prompting members of the community to take action. For many, the Chandler Park Family Aquatic Center is their only option to beat the heat.
At this time no decision has been made by County Executive, Robert Ficano, but residents are making sure that whatever it takes, the park doesn’t close.
“It’s a great resource and asset here on the East Side. It’s an opportunity for our kids to do something safe and have a wonderful experience,” said one mother.
There are proposals to raise the entry fees of the park back to their 2006 highs of $7 for adults and $5 for children, from $3 and $2.
The County is now working with the community to address the situation with both sides coming to a secure conclusion.