Doug White, a basketball player who frequents the park, said of the wells, "I'm just glad they're finding them, there could have been more people that could have gotten hurt."
Filling the holes has been priority number 1 for Metro Parks ever since Myahana Moore, 2, and Youth League Football Coach Terrence Washington had to be rescued from an abandoned 15 foot cistern.
Metro Parks officials did some quick digging and found out both homes and buildings occupied the property from 1928 to 1950. The cistern in question was filled and every depression on the 17 plus acre property got a good once-over. To be safe, 42 depressions to date have been dug out, leveled, seeded and covered with straw.
Then Thursday afternoon? "We noticed a depression in the basketball court and a small hole," explained Metro Parks Assistant Director Marty Storch.
"We brought a contractor in," Storch said, "We saw-cut that up and then we discovered two more bricked lined wells or cisterns."
White noticed the depressions every time he played basketball. "In the center," White pointed at the court, "like the one they're fixing right here and the one down here," he said, "there are cracks and you could twist an ankle or break a leg." That's why one side of the basketball court was dug out and filled with a concrete material.
It's also why the youth football teams are practicing elsewhere until the all clear is given. "I don't know what I would have done if it had been my child," said parent Trisha Griffin.
Griffin's son plays youth football, her boyfriend is a coach and she's thankful something is happening.
"That's great, that's what needs to be done," Griffin said of the effort by Metro Parks. "I feel like that should have been done a long time ago," she continued, "There may be even more wells, so, I feel like they're taking the proper steps to get everything taken care of."
Within the next two weeks, the basketball court will get a complete makeover. Also, the park is getting a brand new football field as is getting reseeded and fertilized with new goal posts.
Relatives of Myahana said she continues to feel better but they said it has been a difficult and scary time for the family.
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