Police gather crews to clean-up local park - WNEM TV 5

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Police gather crews to clean-up local park

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

A mid-Michigan community has come together to find creative solutions to cleaning up a park.

"This is the first step, in the reclaiming of Wickes Park for the community," said Howard Sharper.

Sharper wants what's best for his fellow citizens.

But what he saw at Wickes Park wasn't that, so he contacted TV5 last week for help.

"Somebody had dumped a huge pile of auto parts,” Sharper said. “Tires, fenders, you name it. All kinds of auto parts. And I went, okay, that's enough."

And tonight, the Rescue Squad is getting results.

Saginaw County Sheriff William Federspiel saw our initial story about the problems plaguing the park - and stepped in.

"We saw the story on TV5, that's why we contacted the mayor, and that's why we contacted the city police chief, and said what can we do to help out?" Federspiel said.

So the sheriff brought out work crews, composed of citizens who owe money to the state, to work off their debts by picking up trash and other debris.

Work crews are filling dozens of bags, then putting it in dump trucks, hoping to make a better park for the citizens of Saginaw.

The sheriff says at the end of the day, the blight in Wickes Park is a public safety issue.

"There are children that live around here,” Federspiel said. “We found a snake that was four feet long that was dead. A bee hive in a pile of garbage, right in the parking lot."

So while it's just a start of a new era for the park, Sharper says he's hopeful.

"It's going to take a lot of community involvement to keep Wickes Park in good shape," Sharper said.

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