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Why is the city neglecting the green space in the center of Park Avenue?

Ken Little
StarNews

Q. Why is the city neglecting the green space in the center of Park Avenue between Forest Hills Drive and Country Club? The grass has only been mowed twice this year and has become an eyesore for the neighborhood and the River-to-the-Sea bike path that runs beside it. This used to be a place where children played and people could walk and sit on park benches. Now it is overgrown and littered with fallen limbs.

A. Park Avenue is not being neglected, said Nina Johnston, city superintendent of parks and urban forestry.

Johnston said the area is considered a green space “and kept in a more natural state.”

“The rainy weather in August really put crews back and it’s taking weeks to get caught up, with the 500-plus acres of public parks, greenways and right-of-ways that crews take care of,” Johnston said.

She said records show that crews have worked along Park Avenue from Kent Street to Greenville Avenue 17 times since February 2012, “which includes the Forest Hills-Country Club area in question.”

“They go from one end to the other when this area is scheduled,” Johnston said.

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