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Kate Parker transcript

Interviewer: What do you see here in the future?

Kate Parker: I see basically all the trash and the boat gone. And some low level, like, iron fencing. And maybe inside, a nice community garden or play spot, where all the residents have an opportunity to grow their own food or to at least have, to grow their own herbs for gardening, or gardens. Or, you know, some benches and maybe some swings or a small court, a basketball court. Something like that where at least the space would be used for the residents and not just an eyesore.

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Frederick Jarmon transcript

Frederick Jarmon: My thing is, I look at it like, you know, to make it safe for the children, make it safe for mine, I would just you know, establish some kind of way where I would just make a little area for her to play in our own space, you know like our back yard. But for everybody, for all the kids in the neighborhood, just to have a little park stationed in the neighborhood. And that they don't have at all. You know, all the parks that's in the neighborhood or they's dumpsites, you know, so, I don't know, it's just, it's just distressful because you know, kids don't have anything, you know? Anything.

What they gonna, you know, what they gonna have to look forward to? You know, there's nowhere where they can just be a child, be a kid.

This is what we do every day. Just sit on the steps, watch the cars go by, you know? I let her run around but I'm pretty sure, I know she'd like to swing, things of that nature, get on a sliding board, things like that, cause I don't want her stepping up these steps constantly. These are real hazards, to the kids.

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