Wiregrass Newsroom: Residents and City Leaders Working to Improve Solomon Park

Dothan, AL (WSFA) -- Two year-old Cameron Bellot loves to play at Solomon Park. But as most parents are, his mother Lisa is cautious about where he roams.

"He likes to climb on things and there's some things I'm a little worried about him climbing on because of the wear and tear," says Lisa Bellot.

And that's just one reason why Lisa is concerned about the direction of one of her favorite places to bring her son.

"I've noticed there's vandalism. There's been some trash I've seen on the ground, and he likes to pick everything up and put it in his mouth, so that's a big concern for me as well," says Bellot.

But Lisa isn't the only person who has noticed problems at the park. City officials say concerns are coming from nearby residents over loud music, trash left in yards, and cars parked in front of driveways.  And these are concerns that now have the city responding.

"We've requested that the police department be more responsive to calls to there. We've also requested that on the weekends that they do more frequent patrol of that area and look for people who violate parking laws. One of the things we're trying to do is put up more signs and tighten down on the rules," says Dothan City Manager, Mike West.

The city has already discussed and is considering specific improvements to the park such as updating the playground equipment and possibly removing the tennis courts they say haven't been used in quite a while.

"Our whole goal is to make residents happy and to make Dothan a better place," says West.

And Lisa thinks a cleaned up park would help in that strive.

"If they would fix it up, I think it would be a great asset to Dothan."

An asset to Dothan, and a place for little Cameron to keep exploring.

Reporter: Melissa McKinney