Benson Park, located on the 1400 block of North Lawrence Street, provided the location for a monthly South Kensington Community Partners meeting where area neighborhoods participated in discussions about plans for improvements at the pocket park scheduled for the spring of 2013.
This park was originally installed as an open public area for adults to relax after coming home from a day of work about 30 years ago. It has a total of nine trees and flowers. There used to be a racquetball court in the park but the wall for that court eventually deteriorated.
A primary concern of neighbors addressed during this outdoor meeting in was the removal of all nine trees in the park. The trees have iron grills underneath the tree trunks and are long overdue for removal.
“The grills are choking the trees but the trees still haven’t been removed,” Orlando Rosado said. Rosado’s home abuts Benson Park.
Rosado, who has lived adjacent to Benson Park the for 30 years, said those grills have caused concrete in the areas surrounding the trees to lift up creating dangerous conditions where people can easily get hurt.
Rosado said he wrote a letter to 7th District City Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez requesting help to maintain the park.
“I reached out to Maria Sanchez Quinones for some assistance and she and her people responded immediately and have been helping with funding in having the park rebuilt,” Rosado said.
The park is scheduled to close beginning in the winter. The park will be fenced off during construction to renovate the facility.