Some Midland Parks Flooded After Recent Rain

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - For some, a walk in the park comes with worry.

"It's really a concern for the kids. I see kids playing in the water, they could easily drown, it happens in pools, it could happen here," Midland Resident, Adam Garcia said.
   
Garcia visits Grafa Park all the time, and he wants something done about the collecting water. Other residents say it's not that big of a problem.

"I don't have a problem with it. I think in the rare occasion that it rains and fills with water, we don't have a huge problem. It's not to say it can happen, but it's a risk we take I guess," Midland Resident, Len Gustus said.

According to city officials, most public parks in Midland are designed as "catch basins" to keep streets from flooding during a rain storm, but concerned Midlanders say the city should manage the water levels with a drainage system.

"Since we don't have much rain here, it would be extremely costly to put a drainage system," Scott Swigert, Manager of Midland Parks and Recreation, said.

To some residents their version of a solution is a lot more simple.

"What they should do is place a fence around it or a sign to warn people.  It's really a safety concern for kids," Garcia said.

The parks and recreation manager says since the parks are designed to be a "catch basin", they placed the playgrounds at a much higher elevation to give the kids safer access.