'F" as in Frank

Save our signs

No, this isn't about Sunnyside's historic neon signs - though I applaud efforts to preserve and display them.

This is about the signs that welcome visitors to city parks in Sunnyside.

Don't know if you've noticed, but when you enter Sunnyside on South First Street the South Hill Park sign is in such bad shape you can't read it because of the peeling paint.

Likewise, there are other park signs in sad condition.

It could be age or sun exposure, but some of these signs are an embarrassment.

Hats off to the city for its commitment to keep the community center open.

A repaired South Hill Park sign would reflect a welcome to both the park and community center, which also hosts regional events such as a gang commission meeting next week.

I realize the city is short of dough these days, but what would be the cost of improving the city park signs?

Perhaps there are community groups who would be interested in adopting signs, helping pay for their repair.

Perhaps there are even groups or neighborhood residents near these parks that would be interested in going ahead and painting the signs, with city approval.

I still remember the Upland Park gazebo and how this summer a family in the area banded together to prime and paint the gazebo with supplies provided by the city. Perhaps that kind of spirit could help save our city park signs.

I realize Sunnyside officials have far bigger fish to fry these days...but a move to upgrading the signs with even a coat of paint would be one small step to help along the city's beautification.

Besides, painting the signs now might save the city money later in terms of costs associated with rot that could set in the wood signs due to weather exposure.

Saving money - not to mention signs - is a good thing for Sunnyside.


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