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Susan Lee column: Shame of city's parks; OUR local Woolworths store had a parasol and garden furniture on display on the pavement outside the shop yesterday. Are they taking the mickey or what?

Byline: Susan Lee

IT'S sad but not surprising that Stanley Park has come under attack from what I shall have to refer to in this family newspaper as yobs.

Liverpool's parks are a sad echo of their former selves.

As a kid I played in Newsham Park,learning to go without stabilisers on my bike. As an older child,I'd go roller skating along the paths.

It was well kept and felt safe. The lakes were in goodorder, the tennis courts in regular use.

I took my kids there recently. The park looked unloved and ragged. Gangs of lads were climbing trees. There was glass on the paths.

And when the children rolled down a grassy bank they stood up covered from head to foot in dog excrement.

Sometimes the simple solutions are the best.

In this case it comes down to two words: park keepers.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 23, 2003
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