City of College Station working to get parks summer ready

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 6:34 PM CDT
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) - The City of College Station is addressing concerns residents have on community and neighborhood park upkeep.

Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation Kelly Kelbly says they’re working to get them back up to par.

“We take the quality of our parks very, very seriously. We realize they are not currently meeting [resident] standards or our,” said Kelbly.

College Station residents like Lucia Bodiford say they spend a lot of time in College Station parks.

“We go outside like literally every day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon, unless it’s really hot, but we are at the park every day,” said Bodiford.

This is why Bodiford says she’s hoping to see them back in shape for summer.

“We have never seen the grass this high before but I feel like it’s just this year that it’s super tall and it’s not possible to play in, that’s what bothers me the most,” said Bodiford.

Kelbly says the rainy weather we’ve been hit with has put them behind.

“Not only can we not get in to mow the grass but it’s growing faster. Wolf Pen Creek was mowed last week. Typically we’re on a 14-day mow cycle and now less than a week later the grass is high,” said Kelbly.

On top of that Kelbly says their contracted lawn services have been facing a labor shortage.

“In dealing with our contractor it’s something that they’ve been dealing with, just their workforce in general, getting enough people in to keep up with the demands,” said Kelbly.

Kelbly says despite the setbacks, clear skies on Wednesday had mowers out in full force.

“Our contractor has a very aggressive schedule. From yesterday to today they’ve hit almost 20 parks in two days,” said Kelbly.

“It’s good to know that they’re trying. I hope they will resolve it soon. There are a lot of families that enjoy these parks,” said Bodiford.

Out of the 1,800 acres of College Station Park property, 600 acres are mowed regularly. Kelbly says city staff takes care of community parks and ball fields, while a hired lawn service company takes care of neighborhood parks.

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