Dinglewood Park is one of those parks you drive past and never really notice.
It's the park that fronts 13th Street across from the grocery store formerly known as Lewis Jones. There aren't any playgrounds or swing sets or tennis courts or baseball diamonds. There are just some nice hills with some nice woods and Weracoba Creek running through it.
Oh yeah, and there's also a garbage dump.
Concerned Reader Mark King called to report the refuse, which would be unsightly, if it were in plain sight.
King said he was out walking by the park one day when he noticed an ancient set of brick steps leading up into the woods. He walked up them and found a path leading to the right. The path leads back to the western edge of the park, where against a concrete retaining wall is a large pile of trash, probably three feet high in places, five feet wide and 10 or 15 feet long.
So I went to investigate, proving once again that some days my job is a walk in the park.
At first, walking down the trail toward it, I thought it might be a homeless camp. But after getting a closer look, I don't think so.
Why would I think it has anything to do with the homeless? Well, some of the beverage containers were of brands and vintages popular with the economically disadvantaged, and it sure didn't look like any Boy Scout camp I ever pitched a tent in.
If it's a homeless camp, it's the camp of a homeless hoarder.
There are beer cans, old clothes, fast food containers, old buckets, bottles and just plain old trash.
Since it's a park, I called Parks and Recreation Director James Worsley to see what could be done.
"I appreciate your reader and you letting us know about it," Worsley said. "Of course, we'll get somebody on it right away."
Somebody down the Consolidated Government food chain is going to be cussing me this week while they're hauling that trash out. Alas, some walks in the park are better than others.
Last week we visited a problem property in Oakland Park, or at least I thought we did. Concerned Reader Bobby McGill called to report waist-high weeds in the yard across Mesa Street from him.
Well, then I got a call from a Concerned Resident of Oakland Park who said that street isn't in Oakland Park, and he didn't appreciate my casting aspersions on his neighborhood when the offending house is in fact in Colonial Park.
I pointed out that everyone thinks of that entire area to the west of South Lumpkin Road as Oakland Park, and he informed me that everyone is wrong. So there.
I stand corrected, though not terribly repentant.
Anyway, I rode back out to Colonial Park to see if anything had been done at 2637 Mesa St. Nope. It still looks like a snake and raccoon farm.
But fear not, Colonial Park residents, Officer Grant Poole of the city's Special Enforcement division said the city has contracted the job out and the weeds should be shorn soon.
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