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Your Voice: When are Macfarlane Park improvements coming? City responds

Jerry Scaglione is president of the Macfarlane Park Association and Neighborhood Watch. He wants to see gazebo repairs, more restrooms and better lighting at “our crown jewel.”

LARA CERRI | Times

Jerry Scaglione is president of the Macfarlane Park Association and Neighborhood Watch. He wants to see gazebo repairs, more restrooms and better lighting at “our crown jewel.”

The restrooms in Macfarlane Park have been overflowing, and there are not enough restrooms to begin with.

We met with the city a year ago and they told us they were going to build a prefab restroom at the children's park area. That hasn't been done.

The gazebo at the top of the hill, to me, it's like a treasure. It's a big part of the park. But the roof is breaking apart, there are big gaping holes in that thing. I think that's a safety issue. They need to do something with that.

The lighting in that park is also a big problem, particularly where the children's park is. They need more lighting in the park.

The city responds

Marsha Carter, manager of the city parks in West Tampa, said construction of the restroom in Macfarlane Park's children's area called Freedom Playground is expected to begin on or before July 15 and be completed by Oct. 15. (The park currently has two restrooms.) Carter said a glitch in getting the funding delayed the project for more than a year.

As for the toilets, Carter said, they do occasionally overflow because people put items in them that clog the drains, she said, and they are quickly corrected.

More security lighting will be added as part of the restroom construction at Freedom Playground, but Carter pointed out that the playground is closed at night, as is every other area of Macfarlane Park except the sports courts.

A work order for repair of the gazebo has been submitted to the city's facility management department, she said, but it isn't clear when work will begin.

Council member Charlie Miranda, whose district includes the park, said his aide, Mary Bryan, has been working with Scaglione to push for construction of the restroom at the children's playground. Miranda said his priority has been getting roads paved in his district, particularly MacDill Avenue north of Spruce Street. Once that is done, he said, he'll look into getting the gazebo repaired.

Philip Morgan, Times staff writer

. Fast facts

About this series

With changing faces at City Hall — from the City Council to the mayor's office — City Times wanted to know which neighborhood concerns will face our new leaders and their ideas for resolution. So we asked community leaders to tell us. We'll publish those concerns, in residents' own voices, along with responses from officials. If you want to submit a letter for Your Voice, please send it to City Times editor Sharon Tubbs at tubbs@sptimes.com or by mail to 1000 N Ashley Drive, Suite 700, Tampa, FL 33602.

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