Douglas “DOUG” L. Williams Park in Shreveport gets lights after a child was abducted from park.
We noticed the Douglas Williams Park located in the 4900 block of Kennedy Drive in the Mooretown neighborhood of Shreveport has new lights.
This park was a complete dark zone once the sun went down. Residents in this area have made multiple complaints over the years about the unmaintained park; from old equipment, to lack of lighting at night and the uncut grass which keeps them and their children from enjoying their neighborhood park. This forces the residents of this community, many homeowners, to leave their community to travel to other neighborhood parks.
Recently, there was a young woman, Shamia Little, that was abducted from this park and later found murdered nearby. SPD is still asking for the communities help to bring her attacker to justice.
But after this tragedy, we’ve noticed the city of Shreveport has added lights to the park and replaced a old rusty table from the park with a new one.
Our only question is: Why did it take such a tragedy for this park to finally get lighting? Although we’re glad the park has lighting now, it upsets us it took such a tragedy to get it.
Keep it Classy, not Trashy Shreveport.
We're also being informed that the Doug L. Williams Park now has surveillance cameras and an emergency panic button installed for extra safety measures. We're also working with SPAR to try to get some new equipment at this particular park. It is one of the few parks that still has old metal equipment that children can not enjoy due to it being to hot for touch.