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Wednesday, June 4,2014

Eyesore of the week

by BECKY McKENDRY
Property: 2901 Wabash Road, Lansing Lansing School Supt. Yvonne Camaal Canul says: Budget issues have stalled renovations, looking into a plan

Behind the Lansing School District’s Marvin E. Beekman Center stands a playground that has certainly seen better days. Sprinkled with rust spots, the faded peach playground equipment is partially draped in bright orange safety netting.

Strings of yellow caution tape are tied around posts and have tangled in the netting — although some of the tape is just littered on the ground. On first glance, because the netting and tape is so haphazardly applied to the equipment, it’s unclear if the playground is really a hazard or the tape and netting is the result of a bad wind gust carrying some litter.

This eyesore came to light after an anonymous resident sent a mass email out to various news outlets, including City Pulse, along with the Superintendent Canul and Mayor Virg Bernero. In her email, the resident said that she began investigating the sad state of the playground after taking her daughter to play on the equipment.

According to the email, the resident said she was told that plans have been in place to build a new one, but the park´s placement over a gas line makes it difficult.

“Eyesore of the Week” is our look at some of the seedier properties in Lansing. It rotates each week with Eye Candy of the Week. If you have a suggestion, please e-mail eye@lansingcitypulse.com or call Andy Balaskovitz at 999-5064.

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