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Community cleans up park in Norwich

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Community works to clean up Taftville Field. (WFSB) Community works to clean up Taftville Field. (WFSB)

A tired little league ball field in Taftville has seen more drug activity than sports activity lately.  On Wednesday night, neighborhood leaders cleaned up the park and reclaimed it for the community.

When Eyewitness News visited the little league ball field last month, plans were underway to make repairs to the dugouts and their structures.

But, after used drug needles were found by a child and ran to a neighboring fire station, public safety officials decided to wait on improvements.  

"I think we reached a point where we have to reinvest in our community,” Taftville Fire Chief Timothy Jencks said. “Not just the adults but also the youths."

Moving forward, the city council approved public works to remove the dugouts and other structures that were deteriorating and established a neighborhood group to decide what they want their new park to be.

"We don't know what's going in down there, but again the input things have been talked about like a walking field, maybe just a little playground for the kids, the little kids, open space,” Denise Relyea with the Taftville Neighborhood Watch said.

"There needs to be a safe place for the kids to play there really does,” neighbor David Tetrault said. 

Among the 'stakeholder members" in this neighborhood committee will be a representative from the Taftville Fire Company.  Their first meeting is planned for the first Wednesday in January.

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