Caution tape up at Waterloo playground over safety concerns

A playground at a park in Waterloo is sparking controversy among community members.

Posted: Mar 14, 2019 6:31 PM
Updated: Mar 14, 2019 6:32 PM

WATERLOO, Ore. -- A playground at a park in Waterloo is causing safety concerns among community members who think something needs to be done, but officials say it’s not that simple.

Brooke Cary is one of many concerned parents living in Waterloo who is demanding changes be made. Cary told KEZI 9 News that since the equipment started breaking down over a year ago, the county has resorted to putting bandages over the issues instead of fixing the problem.

KEZI 9 News spoke with Linn County Parks and Recreation Director Brian Carroll to get answers. Carroll said the reason it has taken so long to fix the equipment is because of the cost and the age of the playground.

He said the city needs to decide if it’s in their best interest to repair it or completely replace it.

Community members said there’s a lack of communication between the county and parents and when they voice their concerns, nothing is resolved.

“What can we as a community do to help raise the money? You know those are avenues we can look at, but without communicating with the people around here and offering that as an option, we're just stuck wondering why you don’t care," Cary said.

Hours after KEZI 9 News contacted the county, park rangers were out clearing the slides and putting caution tape around the equipment.

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