As a result of the meeting, and with the cooperation of all parties and Councilwoman Marian Tasco
’s, D-9th, office, the community was able to come to a consensus. The field will be reserved for the baseball team and a separate dog park will be built at the grassy area adjacent to the field.
“Marian Tasco is very great at constituent service,” Dolbow said. “Whatever concern we have, I would say about 90 percent gets done within a reasonable time. She’s always on the community’s side.”
“The issue of a dog park was brought to the attention of Councilwoman Tasco during a Lawncrest Philly Rising meeting to which she welcomed meeting with community leaders and members to discuss the possibility of having one at the Lawncrest Recreation Center,” said Crystal Jacobs, the communications and special events director for Tasco. “Councilwoman Tasco and her staff will work with the Recreation Department to learn about the feasibility of a dog park and its impact on the recreation center and the four other city agencies located on this particular property.”
Other athletic organizations have not been so lucky when it comes to working with the city.
For the Bustleton Bengals, their issues have been 15 years in the making. After the organization's fund was used to finance a different gym, the group has yet to be given the gym it says it needs desperately
“Without this gym, this club risks, after well over 50 years, going to the wayside,” said former Bengals president Roger Price
. “We’re losing kids to other neighboring clubs who do have gyms. All of our neighboring clubs have gyms except us.”
The Bengals had a breakthrough last August when they met with Councilman Brian O’Neill
, R-10th, and a city official to look at three potential sites for the gym. They set up a meeting for November to move the process forward, but that was delayed when someone from the city passed away who was scheduled to be at the meeting.
The Bengals waited until early in 2012 to pursue the issue again, but have yet to be given an official location for the gym.
“We’ve gone out and done everything they’ve asked us to do: we’ve put a down payment on the structure and submitted the blueprints,” Price said. “We speak on a regular basis to Councilman O’Neill’s office and are basically being told that the gears of city government move slowly and we just have to be patient.”