What was once an empty lot of grass on Rose Circle in Helena has been transformed into a safe haven for some the neighborhood children thanks to the generosity of the neighborhood parents and grandparents.  However, over the years, many of the neighboring children have grown up and moved away, leaving a cherished pastime to be maintained

What was once an empty lot of grass on Rose Circle in Helena has been transformed into a safe haven for some the neighborhood children thanks to the generosity of the neighborhood parents and grandparents.  However, over the years, many of the neighboring children have grown up and moved away, leaving a cherished pastime to be maintained by the local neighbors until their return.  Now the neighborhood is filled once again with more children looking for a safe place to play, but unfortunately due to time and weathering of the ever-eroding ditch bank, the maintenance is getting harder to come by.

The Problem

Doris Sibley of Rose Circle says that each of her neighbors have pitched in to provide a park-like spot for the neighboring children to play but the washing waters of rainfall and lack of funding has hindered their continued efforts.

The status:

“We have all put our time and own personal funding into creating a children safe nook here in this neighborhood, but the up keep of the ditch is preventing us from incorporating more amusement for the children,” explains Sibley.  According to Sibley, the neighbors have incorporated a swing set, a sand box, and a swing  pole for play, as well as picnic table and trash receptacle.  Sibley says that the grounds are owned by the city but have been taken care of for years by the generosity of each neighbor but “it’s getting harder to keep up with.”


What’s Next?

Sibley and the neighboring locals hope that there may be someway to address this issue and have discussed asking the city for help.  “We know there is a lack of funding everywhere right now, but the deteriorating ditch bank is causing the road to fall in, creating a potential hazard to drivers and small children who play in this area,” said Sibley. 

How to submit a problem:

If something is broken or neglected in your neighborhood, submit a detailed description of the problem and the address, along with your name and phone number to
Email: www.helena-arkansas.com
Phone: 870-338-9181
Fax: 870-338-9184
Mail: 417 York Street Helena AR, 72342