Frustration grows about overgrown, overwatered county park land
County inks new maintenance contract for 4S Ranch
Last Updated: 113 days ago
SAN DIEGO - There is neighborhood frustration over very tall and thick grass in some areas of Heritage Park and 4S Community Park in 4S Ranch.
"In the dead of summer when the grass is really growing, they've cut it less and less and less," said Tom Dean, as he walked his rescue greyhound through the overgrown park.
His fiancée, Gena Barney, looks at the upkeep in the park and cannot believe it.
"Just a couple of months ago, they stopped maintaining it on a regular basis," she said. "They used to frequently mow and now they're mowing periodically. They're leaving all the grass clippings dying on the field. I was walking the dog the other day and it's so high and there's much dead grass everywhere that it makes it very awkward to walk."
Dean has another concern.
"They really overwater this at night," he said.
Barney showed 10News photos.
"Every morning there's flooding on the sidewalk and it's getting worse. They've been overwatering for years and we've been complaining about it and they say, 'Oh, we were working on it' but it's flooding constantly."
10News checked with the San Diego County Parks and Recreation Department.
Deputy Director Amy Harbert told 10News, "We did have a lapse between maintenance contracts at 4-S Ranch. During that time, county park staff from other areas in the system have been going there to maintain those parks."
She also mentioned an irrigation system problem.
"We will look at the irrigation system in addition to fixing malfunctions," Harbert said. "We'll look at the system overall and make sure it's functioning properly."
The new contract was signed Wednesday.
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