Saturday, April 04, 2009

A comment from the Archivist

Last night I watched the 9pm newscast from KFOX TV and I have to make comment with that's was said in the report.

Another fire broke out at the park, and the fire chief for Horizon City made a plea for something to be done at the park to curtail the number of fires & illicit activities that seem to be plaguing the park within the last few months. The chief, pleaded for the owners of the park to come forward, and take care of the park so the risk of injury related to extinguishing the dilapidated buildings that remain standing doesn't pose a risk to fire crews putting out the flames.

The insinuation I got from the report was to have the remnants of the park torn down to lessen the risk to the community that surrounds and the firemen.

At this point, I'm in agreement.


Yeah, I was too with myself.

Look, the park is dead in the water and to be honest the owners seem to care less about the park in it's current state than they did when it was in operation. There is no real reason for the buildings to remain standing, and the value of the park continues to drop with all these confirmed arsons plaguing it. At what point does the park become a complete write-off?

Worse yet, what point will it take for the county to take action and bulldoze it themselves?

The way I see it, the park owners cared little enough for the safety of the public as well as their own employees during it's operating years, the now two decade long abandonment shows how they care even less for the people who's job it is to safely put out fires when it lights up the far east side of El Paso.

What say you all?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

at some point in time (perhaps it is now), the benefits of having structures ceases and the liability of them being there appears. given the lack of maintenance, these buildings have become a hazard.

if something should ever come to be at the site, it is not necessary that they would want to renovate the buildings there - it could be cheaper to build anew.

plus the design, which I did not really like on the entrance/exit area, is something that could be re-thought if they did decide to build.

at this point, safety trumps opportunity.

4/09/2009 2:05 PM  

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