Have the holes in the fences of Union City’s Washington Park been fixed? Have the big potholes in the pathways of Washington Park been filled in? As of today, no. Because this section of the park is leased by Union City, it falls under Union City to make the repairs. You would think that the department heads in DPW and Parks in Union City would send out work crews, but to date no action.
DPW workers have been within a five minute walk of the park with their crew and trucks. Facts: they pruned trees on New York and 2nd Street, pruned a tree in the park’s soccer field on New York Avenue, painted fire zones, and fire hydrants near the park. DPW even dumped the trash from Cal Ripken Little League Club House, a stone’s throw away. Moreover, contractors filled in the asphalt at the pedestrian walk near 201 New York Avenue and put in a new speed bump on 2nd Street. All these surface repairs were done, but not a bit of fill for the park.
County park workers from Lincoln Park filled potholes on Willie Wolfe Lane and on the blacktop pathway near the playground, but received no work order from their park supervisor even though I wrote to Tom McCann, division chief of parks, requesting he take action. (He likes to be called Tom). I’ve even called Mayor Brian Stack more than once to arrange to meet with him so we can talk about this face to face.
As a man who considers himself a park shepherd for Union City’s Washington Park, I must take action. And I’m even readying some green plastic fence barrier I found on the street in case I have to do the repairs myself in at least two holes big enough for me to fall through. I must readily confess that filling in the potholes will be a challenge but if no action comes from Mayor Stack or Commissioner Irizarry or Commissioner Tilo Rivas, or Tom McCann, I’ll do my best as a park shepherd.
First, however, I will respectfully and considerately (but persistently) request help from Mayor Stack. And do my best to freely help my neighbors on 2nd Street and my fellow dog walkers who use this stretch of Union City leased park. I’ll even ask our committeeman on the block to appeal to Mayor Stack. We all want to serve in our community in some way, to give public service. Let all find a way to move beyond good intentions to direct action as a good neighbor. Your kind neighbor,