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Santa Maria Parks and Recreation release new five year plan, to address residents concerns

Posted at 11:15 PM, Jan 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-09 02:20:24-05

The Santa Maria Parks and Recreation Department is hoping to fix some of the problems residents want addressed.

Safety and security of parks, the lack of outreach to the Hispanic community, and field space are all among the reported issues.

"There's not enough space in town to accommodate everyone in Santa Maria," said Andres Rodriguez, Santa Maria resident.

Andres Rodriguez's son plays soccer, but he says finding a place to practice can be a struggle.

"People get to a park like around 3 o'clock, 3:30 p.m. just to reserve a spot on the field so there kids or whoever coaches just to get on the field to practice for an hour, hour and a half, two hours," said Rodriguez.

The Santa Maria Parks and Rec Department surveyed 500 residents, with the main concern being safety.

"I think that lighting is a key element in the safety component but also increasing our patrols with our park ranger program and working with the police department to look at those areas where there were major concern," said Alex Posada, City of Santa Maria Parks and Recreation director.

Other issues that residents reported were lack of art in public spaces, re-purposing existing facilities, continued upkeep of the parks.