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The Jimmie I. Barber Regional Park is right in the midst of a seemingly proud black neighborhood around East Florida Street. The city of Greensboro and the park staff work very hard to maintain and develop the park into something that the community would be proud of. I hope these efforts do not go unnoticed.

The whole point of my writing, however, is not for a pat on the back from the community for these efforts. I simply would like for the community to show some ownership in this potentially beautiful new park. I would like for the parents and grandmothers and aunts and friends of kids who are known to vandalize the park to say ``STOP.' We all need to say wait a minute, this is ours, it was placed here as a part of our community, it's like an extension of our back yard.Each morning the staff picks up bags and bags of trash that someone thoughtlessly discarded along the park's Florida Street split-rail fence. Freshly painted tables have been spray painted. Vandalism is a constant nuisance. Why?

People must do their part. If you see these things, take pride in your ownership. We all will pay by tax dollars or just a future without our parks. A. Jean Jackson Greensboro

The writer is the newly appointed park manager at Barber Park.


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