We had a youth coach message us yesterday in reference to his youth teams not being able to practice at Bill Cockrell Park which is located in the 4100 block of Pines Rd in the westside of Shreveport, Louisiana.
"Bro is it anyway possible you can post this. Kids don’t even have a decent field to practice at for youth sports, Grass so high!! We complain about them being in the streets, but we got to give them a safe haven" said the Youth Coach.
This is NOT the first complaint that Love Shreveport-Bossier has received either. This has been a continuous issue in Shreveport for a long time now.
City Council Members Jerry Bowman, LeVette Fuller and Tabatha Taylor have voiced their concerns to Mayor Adrian Perkins in multiple City Council Meetings over the past months with the hopes of getting this issue under control but to no avail.
Mayor Perkins said in one of the city council meetings that when the 2021 budget was created the grass program was set to start in August of 2021. City Councilman Jerry Bowman quickly responded, that's just not acceptable because unlike other places, our grass starts growing in April or May. We can't wait until August to try and get the grass issue under control in Shreveport.
Unfortunately, here we are still waiting for the city of Shreveport to get the unmaintained grass cut. The grass in our community parks and along our interstates are up to four or five feet in some areas.
Citizens have been complaining about the rodents this tall grass is causing them. From rats, snakes, insects, etc. becoming a problem on their property due to city grass not being maintained around their property.
Not to mention, Bill Cockrell Park is also known to have a real buzzard problem. We've witnessed up to 20-30 huge buzzards at a time on our visits to this particular park in recent months.
WE MUST GIVE OUR YOUTH A CHANCE. BUT FIRST, WE MUST ESTABLISH ALTERNATIVES FOR THEM.