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Mom worries as tall grass takes over city park where son plays

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Ashley Martin is worried about the knee-high grass at Burroughs Park in South Toledo. "My son plays T-ball and he's highly allergic to the grass. My son always comes home itching. It's awful." 

She says he's not the only family member affected. "We have grandparents that come out here and it's really hard to walk through."

Toledo's Division of Parks, Forestry and Recreation says mowing parks and boulevards in Toledo is still a priority despite a tight budget. The City admits its a bit behind, partially because the rain in May has encouraged the grass to grow.

The knee-high grass is only one of the issues neighbors have with the park. Ashley Martin says, "The garbage is overflowing. It's to the point that the kids are throwing their trash under the bleachers, the grandparents are complaining. They need a port-a-potty for the kids."

The city assures residents that seasonal workers are putting in extra hours to catch up. Crews took care of Copland Park on Saturday and will continue to work on other parks, boulevards and islands.

Nancy Mika walks her dog at Copland Park frequently and she's relieved to see the grass finally mowed. She says it was up to her knees before that.

Toledo recently implemented an Adopt-a-Park program for residents who want to pitch in and help out with mowing parks and boulevards.

You can learn more by calling 419-245-3357.  If you have a complaint about grass growing more than 8 inches high on a residential property you can call 419-936-2020
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