Channel 11 looks into whether closed Pittsburgh parks, playgrounds will open

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PITTSBURGH - Last year, Channel 11 showed its viewers damaged Pittsburgh parks and playgrounds.  It got so bad the city had to put fences around them because they were too dangerous for children.

Families are questioning why parks are still not fixed.

“Of course it should be open because it has been a long time.  It should have been open a long time ago. It would just be nice for the kids if it was," said Guy Scott about a park in Manchester.

Catalano Park in Spring Garden is also still fenced off.

Councilman and Urban Recreation Committee chair Corey O'Connor told Channel 11 a year ago the parks were closed for safety reasons until repairs could be made.

On Tuesday, Channel 11 asked about the repairs.

"Obviously parks need to be ready by the summer.  I mean, there is no excuse for that,” said O’Connor.

O’Connor said he isn't sure why things weren't fixed.  He said the project may have gotten lost in the change in administration.

O’Connor checked with the Public Works Department Tuesday and said the parks will be opened.

"They will be out and about as soon as the weather breaks.   Obviously they have pothole priorities as well,” O’Connor said.