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Group wants to adopt, revitalize Mid-Michigan park

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

A local man has grown frustrated with the deplorable conditions of a Mid-Michigan park.

Broken swings, overgrown grass and dilapidated structures all add up to one giant eyesore at Wickes Park, said Jose Ransom. The park has gone neglected for years, mainly due to lack of funding. 

“It is bad but it's not so bad that it can't be brought back,” Ransom said.

Ransom said he grew up playing on the banks of the Saginaw River and shooting basketball. Now, he is making it his mission to clean up the park.

“We have been coming to cut the grass off the court. We are trying to do what we can, to try to improve it the best we can but we do not have much to work with,” Ransom said.

Ransom is hoping that with some paint, power and the help of the community they can get it back to the way it used to be.

So, he is asking for your help. Ransom went to the city to get a head start on the Adopt a Park program.

“I'm just asking for anybody that has any time, any extra paint laying around, anything to donate, anything that you can donate to help to revitalize this park,” Ransom said.

Ransom hopes that one day the park will have kids playing in it again and perhaps become a sign that a better future is right around the corner for the Saginaw community.

“We should get it jumping like it used to jump, so we can get out here and enjoy our park,” he said.

The City of Saginaw Parks Department said once the Adopt a Park paperwork is submitted it will take less than two months to make it official, but they welcome park clean-ups anytime.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help with costs of cleaning up the park.

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