Children and teens voice concerns over rundown playgrounds

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Some of the kids who play at parks in the Old North St. Louis neighborhood hope the city will make improvements to the two parks in that area.  A group of about a dozen youth, ranging in age from 8 to 15, spelled out their concerns during a neighborhood meeting Tuesday night.

The Old North Youth Council was organized with help from Christopher Potter.  Potter is with Metropolitan Congregations United.

"It's crazy to think that our kids are accepting run down public places as normal," said Potter.

The kids showed slides of damaged playground equipment.  Two of the slides at Strodtman Park have holes in them.  There also appears to be a frozen pile of trash.

"Kids were playing in this puddle full of trash that had frozen over like it was the most normal thing to do," said Potter.

The group is also pushing for improvements at Jackson Park. Kids say paint has faded on the basketball lines and the softball field is uneven.

Teenager Anthony Kilbert is president of the Old North Youth Council.  He spoke to residents about his group's concerns.

"I don't want to see kids get hurt and have to go the hospital," said Kilburn.  He says a friend was cut by glass after falling to the ground.

We contacted the Parks Division for the City of St. Louis.  A spokesperson said the commissioner would be meeting with the group to hear their concerns.  Potter says that meeting is scheduled for February 10th.​

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