Would this be left in Forest Park?*


One of two pine branches wrapped in plastic tape and left to melt into the pond after an ice rescue drill last week.

One of two pine branches wrapped in plastic tape and left to melt into the pond.

Last week when I was dealing with a sick cat and vet trips, I saw fire engines were in Van Horn. In the past they have had ice rescue drills here. Never before did they wrap pine branches in plastic tape and leave them. And so continues the degradation of this little oasis that means so much to the quality of life for nearby residents.

The bitter irony here is that this city has a self-described “green mayor” and the cluelessness about environmental stewardship is demonstrated by yet another department.

Yellow plastic tape left in the pond.

*For readers who don’t know the city, Forest Park is the crown jewel of Springfield’s green space and the surrounding neighborhood is home to prominent residents, unlike Van Horn Park and Liberty Heights.

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