Concerned west-end residents held a rally Tuesday in Michele Park, one of the parks in the area they say is no longer safe for children and families.
About 15 people attended the rally organized by Ottawa ACORN, which represents low-income families.
“We’re here today to get more lighting in our parks and to make it cleaner and safer for our children. As you can see, there are no garbage receptacles anywhere. There’s a lot of garbage on the ground and in the sand,” said Jessica May, a resident and ACORN member.
May says she no longer brings her newborn baby and three-year-old daughter to Michele Park or the park near her apartment in the Britannia area. “I’m worried about our children’s safety. I know we’re low income but we have a right to light in our parks just like everyone else. It’s not safe to walk in the dark.”