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Children dangerously close to busy streets at Milwaukee playground

CREATED Jul 10, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - A worried grandparent asked TODAY'STMJ4 to check out a brand new playground that's very near to three busy north side streets.

We did, and now a county supervisor is trying to solve the problem.

Barry Henley loves bringing his little grand kids to the new playground in Washington Park, but he has one big worry.

"The traffic is really heavy here, so sooner or later it's going to happen. There's going to be an accident with a little kid and that's going to be a disaster for all of us," said Henley.

The playground is perilously close to three busy streets, Sherman Boulevard, Lloyd Street and Lisbon Avenue.

Henley has a simple solution.

"I was thinking it would be a good idea if they had a chain link fence - going around the edge of the park, just a safety precaution," sugested Henley.

Milwaukee County Supervisor Russell Stamper agrees. "That's understandable, and that's been a major concern of the community," said Stamper.

He has been working on getting a fence or barrier that would prevent kids and cars from getting too close.

"I do bring my son here. My wife and I have come here and we do look forward to a safe, family friendly environment," said Stamper.

The supervisor says it may take the county until the end of summer to get the barriers or fence up, but Henley says that's not fast enough.

"It don't make (any) sense to wait two months. Let's get it in, in two days. How about that?" said Henley.

TODAY'STMJ4 followed up with Supervisor Stamper about why it would take so long. He says budgeting was one issue, but his goal was to get it done as soon as possible.