After Fair Oaks Park makeover, East Tampa councilman says building should be replaced

City Councilman says its just a temporary fix

TAMPA - The neighborhood asked and the City of Tampa answered.

Fair Oaks Park on North 34th Street in East Tampa is getting a much needed makeover. 

Additions and renovations include, but are not limited to, purchasing equipment for a new weight room, installing a new reception area with ID card system, new equipment outside, new bathrooms and other upgrades according to Greg Bayor, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Tampa.

All with a price tag of around $115,000.  

"It [will be] safer for kids," says Bayor.  "Our risk management has been out here and they gave us a clean bill of health and were ready to go with that, so the building is really going to be sharp!"

According to the the City, the renovations are being done in house by their facilities department and the funding is coming from the general operating budget; completely separate from the end of the year budget.

But will all the changes set to take place be enough?  Fifth District Councilman Frank Reddick says he's not impressed.

"I'm pretty sure prior to them doing the patch work, I said it on council, if code enforcement were to come out here and inspect the facility, they would probably condemn the building," says Reddick.

Councilman Reddick adds he won't stop posing more questions until the people of the East Tampa community, namely those who call the park home, get what they deserve.

'It's too late for this fiscal year, but for 2013-2014, I'm asking that the funds be placed in this budget to replace this center," says Reddick.

Bayor says he hopes the facelift project will be completed by September 28, as there is a community picnic scheduled.

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