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Grass was so tall at a Lorain park that kids couldn't play, so News 5 called city leaders

Posted at 4:05 PM, Jun 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-07 12:08:54-04

Neighbors were upset that grass in Lorain's Repko Park across from their homes was three feet high. The grass was so out of control that kids couldn't use the baseball field, swing sets or playground.

Neighbors said one man even tried to cut a path to the play area with a push mower.

People who live by the park were also worried that the tall grass dangerously blocked their view at intersections, but were mainly frustrated kids couldn’t play in the park.

"My concern is for the children who are still trying to come and play, we're all taxpayers and this is our neighborhood, our community and we just want it done," said Crystelle Moon.

News 5 called the city’s safety service director Dan Given, who immediately sent workers to cut around the intersections to remove blind spots.

Workers also mowed the entire park.

City officials said Repko Park is no longer a city park because First Energy now owns the land. 

A First Energy spokesperson said they apologize to neighbors and will maintain the park from now on. Neighbors couldn't be happier. They clapped and cheered as mowers cut the grass by afternoon.