‘Rats, garbage everywhere’: Residents plead for park clean-up in the Bronx

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THE BRONX – Years ago it was a beautiful garden but now a Bronx park has become a dumping ground for trash and it’s attracting rodents.

Resident allege the city has been given resources to fix Longfellow Gardens, but nothing has been done.

Iris Rodriguez said every time she looks across the street and takes her two boys out to play, she shakes her head and holds her nose. She said the park has a mess for five years now.

So Rodriguez did her research on the Parks Department website and found a bombshell. She found that $1 million to $3 million had been allocated to the park.

The office of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. said they’re looking into.

The Parks Department told PIX11 a fix is in the works.

“The Parks Department is on it. They understand that the community wants an improved park. Work has ALREADY BEGUN on fixing this park – a full redesign is complete and now the work is out to bid. Parks aims to begin construction next year,” a spokesperson said.