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Westfield mom concerned about broken glass, equipment at playground

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A Westfield mother is concerned about the amount of broken glass and equipment at a city playground.

Kimberly Hatch is speaking out hoping to see some change.

She said she loves bringing her son to the Municipal Park off Hubbard Street, but worries that kids could hurt themselves on the glass or cracked playground equipment.

Hatch and her two-year-old son Tristan play on the slide together at Westfield's Municipal Park, a place she likes to come often.
She said says periodically, she's been finding paces of glass near the slides and is concerned that a child could get hurt.
"I saw the broken glass everywhere. I tried to pick up what I could but chasing a two-year-old around I was really limited. The glass was different colors from different areas and I would've guessed, been here for a while, because it's not like there was a bottle and then a few pieces of glass," said Hatch. 
Hatch said she picked up nearly half a dozen pieces of glass under where the kids play, and said she's also concerned about a giant hole in one of the tubes. 
She said she did file a report on the city's 'see, click, fix it' website which allows residents to report problems.

The city told Western Mass News they're aware of the concerns and they have tried to pick up any glass or trash.

As for the broken tube, the city said, the damaged side is blocked off and out of service and replacement parts have been ordered.
"What I would like to see happen is there to not be a delay from the city's standpoint when somebody makes a report or a complaint about the situation. Even if they don't have the time or money to fix it right away, close off what they can't fix. Take the safety precautions so nobody gets sadly hurt," Hatch added. 
Westfield's DPW Director said crews regularly check parks and clean up, but they also rely on people to let them know when things are broken or missing, and noted they try to respond as quickly as they can.

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