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Every day is recess at Linda Vista Park

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Demi Robertson smiles as she starts her first slide at Linda Vista Park with Mayor Dennis Kintigh following suit. Robertson said yellow is her second favorite color, which is why she suggested it to the park during planning. Robertson and Kintigh cut the ribbon to dedicate the park and made a bee-line to try out the new equipment on Wednesday afternoon. (Alison Penn Photo)

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After collecting data and requests from the neighborhood families, Parks and Recreation Department provided a playground to Linda Vista Park, while working with neighborhood residents every step of the way.

“This is the first time where we asked everybody what they wanted,” Burress said. “We let them come pick out the colors. We put signs up and listened to what everybody said because we had to make sure we match the playground with the ages of the children, so it is going to be around a while. Everybody who is here was part of it, so hopefully, they have ownership and they watch it, so it won’t get torn up.”

Linda Vista Park is primarily located at 3100 N. Delicado Drive, north of Mescalero Avenue and west of Garden Avenue. A neighborhood mother and daughter, Hannah and Demi, 6, Robertson live across the street and have watched the process of the park from start to finish. Hannah Robertson said the park improvements were exciting because prior to this she would have to take Demi to other parts of town to play.

“One morning she (Demi) was standing at the front glass door and she said ‘Finally! I’ve been waiting my whole life for this!’” Hannah Robertson said when the playground was visible.

In addition to the playground, new backstops, soccer goals and another ADA complaint bench, which will go under a canopy, will be added soon according to Burress.

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Though Burress said the park took only a month to construct, Hannah Robertson said Burress took about seven months of planning and hard work and that the city is fortunate to have him.

“There was nothing here,” Hannah Robertson said. “A long time ago there used to be a swing set here and I guess a long time ago a drunk driver hit it, so they took it out. So there was nothing on this side and just the two swings over on that side.”

The city held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday afternoon and despite the wind, the playground was filled with many local children. Mayor Dennis Kintigh and Demi Robertson cut the ribbon as it was held by the Parks and Recreation staff.

Burress said Evan James, a local Eagle Scout, wanted to put in an American Disabilities Act (ADA) access to the park. James dug a ramp, poured the concrete and built a shade structure for one of his projects while following the city’s rules.

Jim and the Parks and Recreation crew said Demi was sweet and said it was important to make progress every day because they saw her watching from her front door. Burress said his staff works for the people in Roswell, especially the kids, and he is very proud of them for putting the playground together. In addition to a couple of irrigation projects and the consistent daily work the department does for 22 parks and other amenities, Burress said he hopes to have one or two playgrounds — or other park improvements per year.

“This is an example of a city staff committed to serving the community, (this is what it) is all about,” Mayor Dennis Kintigh said. “Thank you guys for doing this.”

“It’s moments like that,” Hannah Robertson said about the staff working with Demi as the playground was constructed. “I promise you she’ll remember that for the rest of her life whenever she got her own play equipment at her park.”

City reporter Alison Penn can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or at reporter04@rdrnews.com.

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