Crotona Park East residents locked out of dirty, unkept Seabury Park

Bottles, trash and overgrown weeds take over the tiny park on Southern Boulevard.

Bottles, trash and overgrown weeds take over the tiny park on Southern Boulevard. (7/31/13)

On warm, sunny and seemingly perfect afternoons, the residents of Crotona Park East might wish to enjoy some time in Seabury Park. But the park is filled with trash and its grounds aren't kept up, so its gate remains locked.

Bottles, trash and overgrown weeds take over the tiny park on Southern Boulevard.

The park remains locked unless the neighboring school East Bronx Academy uses its key to let students use the basketball court. Once the students are finished, the park is locked up again, leaving neighborhood kids to resort to climbing the fence to get inside.

Local advocacy groups have tried to get the park back in order by raising money and contacting nonprofit organizations that specialize in playground repairs, but they say they just couldn't get things moving without the Parks Department's help.

News 12 has reached out to the Parks Department for comment on Seabury Park's condition and is waiting for a response.

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