LAFE, AR (KAIT) - For Lafe children, the city park is all they have to call their own and parents are concerned about the safety of the play area.
Lafe Mayor Ralph Oglesby addressed the safety concerns on Tuesday.
Parents have noticed that the mulch is deteriorating, and Oglesby said he is working to resolve the issue.
"It means everything to me to be able to bring my grand babies down here to the park and it is safe," Darlene Lenderman, a Lafe resident, said. "The mulch is deteriorating, you know when they come down the slide or on the swings if they fall it's in bad shape. They're going to get hurt, it needs to be replaced."
It is a state law requirement that the mulch comes to the very top of the playground outer rim.
Oglesby said right now, the mulch does not meet state standards. The mulch is so low and deteriorated that concrete comes up through the mulch underneath playground equipment.
"It's a major concern," Oglesby said. "If a child fell directly on it, they would hit the concrete and not the mulch. It is one of my top priorities to get this fixed."
Lenderman is proud the mayor is putting the kids first in the small town. She, like many, is hopeful the upgrades come in time for the warmer months.
Oglesby said he is working to get a grant to help fund the roughly $6,000 project.
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