MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Like many football programs, the Figures Park Pee Wee team began practice in late July.
The youth team plays at Figures Park in Mobile, but the conditions of the park are not suitable for practice.
During the weekend of July 27, park officials said a small bathroom facility at the park, which also holds the team's equipment, was broken into.
"We came up Saturday morning for registration. We saw water dishing out all the water pipes and stuff. The cops were up here so we figured out those were missing so we cut the water off, went to the bathroom and there was all the pipes were missing. They just cut locks. I don't even know how they got in, but we don't even have restrooms right now," said Coach Derrick Doggans.
Along with the stolen bathroom plumbing, equipment was taken, leaving the children without appropriate gear to play football.
"From what I understand, we have helmets and shoulder pads missing, that's what was stolen," Doggans said.
However, the lack of restrooms and equipment are not the only issue the team has with Figures Park. The high and weed-infested grass, keeps the team from being able to properly practice.
"We do have a problem with getting the grass cut. We need it cut now, and ant beds, we don't know what we're on until we get on it. That's what we really need, to get the grass cut," Doggans said.
Many parents have concerns about the safety and health conditions of their children, while at the park.
"Well, it bothers me a lot because I know he really wants to play. And with him laying on the ground, doing pushups sit ups, running; the grass is so high it comes up to his waste. Half the time he can't see the mosquitoes or the ants or anything," said Jakaliaan Frye.
A city council member said the only way to get something done about the condition of the park is to call 3-1-1 the parks are recreation number. However, multiple parents and coaches have said they've called the number, and nothing has been done about Figures Park.
"I called 3-1-1 at least ten times in the past two days. I spoke with someone, I actually got someone on the line, and he said an order was put in on July 25, and they'll get to it when they get to it," said Frye.
Mobile City Councilmember Fred Richardson said that after calling 3-1-1 with a request, citizens should see results within 72 hours.
It has been six days since the service order was put in for Figures Park.
"My response to it is, other parks are cut, the county parks are cut, so why not the city parks? We should have the same respect as the county parks, and we're not getting that," said Frye.
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