Once upon a time, some guy name Joseph was walking his dogs in the recently reopened park in his neighborhood. He noticed what looked like a hazard near the playground, that might cause injury, but was too busy talking to his grown up daughter, as they went on their way, to make more than a mental note of it.
Several days later, while out walking the same dogs, in the same park, he noticed that the cones were now being used as toys, and the hazard, was just waiting to trip someone —or worse. So out came the flip phone (yes, I still have one of those and I ain't never getting a smart phone... but I digress) and I... I mean "he" snapped a picture.
The next morning, around 8:30AM, the picture was uploaded to the Wildomar FaceBook Group, tagged in it were Council Member Bridgette Moore and Mayor Pro-Tem Ben Benoit, along with an explanation of what the concern was.
Here is the original text of the group post:
I've noticed some very dangerous hazards at Windsong park. In the image you can see uncovered studs that are for anchoring benches. There are four sets of these right next to the kiddie area. They are spray painted orange, and there are cones, but the cones are often used as toys and moved. Even at that there are only two cones. I seriously suggest the city remedy this or lock the park up so as to not risk injury to a park user. They are not easy to see and someone is going to rip up their foot on them or trip while running. I'm guessing that new benches are slated to be installed there, but it would be far more prudent to cut those off and drill new holes than allow those to remain for another hour.
I thought it best to post this in this group, which has good traffic, than to try and figure out the best department to send this to. Between Bridgette Moore, Ben J. Benoit and Bobby Swann I'm thinking they'll know best how to get this corrected before someone gets hurt.
By 9:30AM Benoit posted this.
Ok found the equipment was being stored offsite and the City was working to get it back somehow there was a bit of a communication breakdown and it was taking a bit longer than needed. So Daniel (Torres) and myself are on the way to pick everything up. We may have benches by the end of the day.
Within a short period of time, Ben followed up with this post and picture on the ever growing thread.
Man these things are heavy!!! Ok now that staff has them we should be up and running today.
By noon, the benches had been trucked from where they were being stored, and reinstalled.
|Loaded up and ready to roll.|
|Hazard gone, and places to sit just waiting for park goers.|
The moral of the story is to get involved
We are all members of the community, and the city of Wildomar isn't some big bad wolf that looking to blow your house down, or some Wizard in a far off Emerald City. Our city runs better when there are more that take an active role. So if you see something that needs attention, don't just keep it to yourself. Contact the city and report it.
http://cityofwildomar.org/ or 951-677-775.
Again, a hearty thanks to those that are working to make this city, this community, a better place for all of us. Especially Ben Benoit and Daniel Torres.
|Windsong Park was getting its first haircut today. She's sure looking purdy... now time to take that fence down!|
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