Mount Tabor Park is once again in the spotlight; this time, people in the neighborhood are worried the city is neglecting one of the historic reservoirs by leaving it empty and covered in graffiti.
The city's water bureau used to drain and clean the reservoir several times each year. This year, in an attempt to cut costs, they decided to just leave it empty. They point out the reservoir hasn't been used for drinking water for the past several years anyway.
But neighbors say the reservoirs play a huge part in the character of this popular part of town.
"It feels like it's draining the heart and soul out of the park, and it was really a place of peace and tranquility that people could come from the neighborhoods, from all around," said Shannon Loch, a concerned neighbor.
Loch also worries that an empty reservoir - much like an empty pool - could cause damage to the infrastructure.
The Water Bureau says she's not the only one who has asked that it be refilled.
They've received so many calls that Commissioner Nick Fish has asked for a report to estimate how much it would cost to put water back in.
A spokesman from the bureau says if the impact is minimal, Fish could order that it be refilled.
As for the graffiti — the bureau says it's an issue they should've taken care of right away and admit they let the ball drop on getting it removed.
They say it will be cleaned Wednesday.
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