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Wickes Park clean-up up to citizens

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Howard Sharper loves taking beautiful pictures of area parks. But the images he captured here at Wickes Park are better off on the cutting room floor.

"I try not to focus on the negative things, but Wickes Park was really hard to ignore," Sharper said.

He's dismayed by the condition of the park.

"Piles of trash and people dumping auto parts there and it was really frustrating and embarrassing," Shaper said.

But why don’t city officials do something to make Wickes Park look better? Bruce Caradine, the facilities administrator for the City of Saginaw said they’re fighting a losing battle.

"The city does not have those dollars to do that," Caradine said.

He tells us he used to have $2 million in his Parks and Recreation budget. Now he only has $200,000 to work with.

"There was probably 15 to 20 city employees that handled parks and recreation and now we're only down to four to six," Caradine said.

 That paints a pretty bleak picture for the park and its future.

He said it will be up to citizens to adopt the park. As for Sharper, he's hoping this land can return to better times.

"There were picnics going on and families were there and there was boating going on,” Sharper said. “I'd love to see Wickes Park brought back to those old glory days."

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