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Residents, city representative call for Indian Heights Park repairs
By: Stacey Welsh
EL PASO, Texas -- East El Paso's Indian Heights Park has been closed since the city said vandals set it on fire in February. People living in the area said the bright orange fence, caution tape and damage have been eyesores for their neighborhood near Saul Kleinfeld Drive and Pebble Hills Boulevard.
"We have a lot of children in our area, and with the obesity rate that our nation is concerned about, I would really like to get our park fixed," east El Paso resident Vernon Crossley said.
Crossley said he has been contacting city officials to advocate repairs for the last five months. He said his grandson misses the park.
"There's a concrete sidewalk around it that he rides his little bike around, but before the park was damaged, we used to go over there every day that we had him," Crossley said.
El Paso District 5 Rep. Dr. Michel Noe said he first heard about the problem a few weeks ago, and has a plan to come up with about $35,000 to reopen the park.
"Since my office has been notified of it, I'm working with the city manager and I hope to get that equipment replaced within the next few months," Noe said.
Noe also said he first spoke out in a City Council meeting about the park after Rep. Eddie Holguin advocated for funding a Christmas-lights display in his district. Noe said he saw the park repairs as a priority.
"He's going to get the Christmas lights. We're going to get corporate sponsorship for that, and through the city manager's office, I was able to work out replacing the playground equipment," Noe said.
Noe also said the repairs could still take a few more months because the city will have to buy new playground equipment and install it.