Commissioner wants focus to to be on public safety at local parks

Commissioner wants focus to to be on public safety at local parks

AUGUSTA, GA. (WFXG) - A Richmond County commissioner wants something done about several parks in the county that have similar foundational structures as Fleming Park. That’s where a 12-year-old boy was electrocuted when he touched a fence back in October.

Commissioner Ben Hasan discussed the agenda item at today’s commission meeting.

He says public safety – not a master plan to develop or enhance parks – should be the first priority.

District 6 Commissioner Ben Hasan said, “So, I wanted to shift that conversation and take those resources that might have went to enhancing parks or building new facilities, to try to first fix those outstanding facilities that were very similar in nature to Fleming.”

Several commissioners say their constituents want that park to be transformed to a walking trail because they don’t feel safe after Melquan Robinson’s death.

He says experts hired to assess Fleming Park – when commissioners unanimously voted to upgrade and replace electrical wiring there - will review their findings with the commission on April 30th.

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