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Neighbors Pledge To Take Care of County Park Themselves

MEAD, Wash. – Doing yard work is laborious enough for most homeowners, but neighbors in North Spokane say they are elated to take over operation of an entire park.

Budget cuts prompted Spokane County authorities to scale back services to Camelot Park between Highway 2 and Highway 395. The Parks Department planned to turn off the sprinkler system and only cut the grass if it became a fire hazard.

Neighbors raised more than $3,000 to fund the water system and landscaping and convinced County Commissioners to lend the land to the neighbors for the 2010 park season. Organizer Kathy Spencer says the move is not a long term solution, but it will keep the park open for families and neighbors through the summer. Spencer helped organize the movement and hopes the county budget improves enough to restore county operation next year. 

Neighbors now possess keys to the park watering system, so they can water the grass when it is dry and turn it off when the weather rains. They plan to pay a company to cut the majority of the grass. Of course, they have to pay for it themselves.

Spencer and others created a tax-exempt non-profit organization to collect donations. The group has raised about $3,500 so far and hopes to raise another $5,000 by the end of the summer. 

*This web story was filed by Anthony Gomes

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