Alamogordo dad works to make parks safer after son gets hurt

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ALAMOGORODO, N.M. (KRQE)- Playgrounds can be dangerous places. If there’s a bad spot to land, kids will find it.

Now a New Mexico dad is raising money and spending his own time to make parks in his town safer after a dangerous visit for his son.

It was pretty traumatic for 3-year-old Jax when he fell off the swing at this Alamogordo park and broke his leg.

“Once that happened, it pushed me to make me want to do this project,” said Simon Carr, Jaxโ€™s dad.

Carr decided something needed to be done to make the parks in his small city a little safer for kids like Jax.

An Air Force Sergeant at Holloman, Carr worked through a program at the base to start putting sand over the concrete areas of parks around town.

“We did this park here which is at the top of 10th street, the park on lovers lane and the park at the zoo, Alameda Zoo,” said Carr.

Carr found out the city had already budgeted to put sand in the parks but needed the manpower to get it done.

“I thought I was going to have to get the sand, but they already had this all planned, all they needed was bodies,” said Carr.

Carr also raised money through a GoFundMe to take it a step further, after he noticed there are only six toddler swings in all of Alamogordoโ€™s parks.

“There is thirty plus normal swings and once I found out the city was paying for the sand I said maybe we could get some more toddler swings installed in these parks,” said Carr.

Carr says he’s glad his own bad experience could spark some change for the good.

If I can do something to help contribute, I’ve already got people on Facebook messaging me saying thank you for doing this project,” said Carr.

Carr said he actually started putting sand in at a park near his home before his son broke his leg, but after Jax got hurt he decided it was something all the parks needed.

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