Temporarily closed 'Legacy Play Village' in need of volunteers f

Temporarily closed 'Legacy Play Village' in need of volunteers for grounds upkeep

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Legacy Play Village claims it's been serving smiles for families on the South Plains since 2002, but not everyone is happy with the condition of the park.

It's a popular spot for families with young children to frequent during the summer. However, anyone looking to have some fun is met with locked gates and signs that say "temporarily closed."

The three story, 30,000 sq ft wooden playground is meant to be a castle hideaway for young children, but Spring Wishmeyer, a mom of two boys, Christopher, 14 and Corben, 3, finds the place to be more of a hazard.

"You know makes me a little uneasy, a little unsafe. It makes me feel that it's unsafe to be here and to bring your little ones here."

She said the wooden playground just isn't up to par.

"Nails, loose boards, there's graffiti. The nails itself are a huge hazard. Children are crawling on these, and climbing. That can do some serious damage. It's all about safety. If you're going to open something like this, that should be number one is safety."

Wishmeyer said the nonprofit that owns the park, Friends of Legacy Play Village should consider options to maintain it.

"Oh there's always something you can do, there's always something. There's fund raising, there's something you can do. Whoever owns this, upkeep the place, that way it stays safe for families to come out and and have a good time here."

Now since this isn't a city run park, it requires the help of volunteers to keep it up and running. The nonprofit is hosting a volunteer work day this Saturday morning, Aug. 5, starting at 8am.

Wishmeyer is happy to hear something is being done to try to maintain the grounds.

"I want to be able to bring my children here so they can have fun and enjoy it. We just want to come here and have a great time and and not have to worry about any of that."

The park is scheduled to reopen that following Sunday, Aug. 6, but a spokesman with the nonprofit said it will take as much time needed to get the park back up to par.

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