Skip to comments.Soldiers Help to Turn Abandoned Carnival Into Public Park
Posted on 10/30/2008 4:41:39 PM PDT by SandRat
| BAGHDAD, Oct. 30, 2008 Dover Park, as it is known by Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers, sat abandoned for years. Located in the Qahira neighborhood of Baghdads Adhamiyah district, its carnival rides were unusable, and the land was overgrown with weeds.
Rehabilitating the park became the mission of Army 1st Lt. Rosita Rodriguez, a civil affairs team chief in Multinational Division Baghdad with Company C, 404th Civil Affairs Battalion, attached to the 3rd BCT. Work on the park was completed in two months, and soldiers handed it over to the local neighborhood council Oct. 28.
This is our first park in Qahira. We never had one before, said Mohamed Madaloom, the Qahira Neighborhood Assistance Council chairman.
The park has a small pond with a generator-run fountain, complete with a flock of geese, as well as benches, solar lights, several swings, slides and seesaws. A tiled path is lined with flowers, and new grass has been planted. A gardener and a security guard will be hired, Madaloom said.
The park is intended to be self-sufficient, and seven small kiosks will be rented to vendors. The rent will provide an income stream to buy fuel for the generator and pay the staffs salaries and other expenses.
Everybody admires the park. I know the families are so excited to get here, said Madaloom, who, along with other local officials and coalition forces leaders, gathered for the official handover. Iraqi officials and Hort raised the Iraqi flag to symbolize the opening of the park as doves were released. Some families and their children couldnt wait; they were already on the rides.
Im so pleased; our kids arent able to go many places because of the security situation. I am so pleased that we have such a park in our neighborhood, said Aum Achmed, who was there with her daughter and a niece. Its important for every kid to have a place to go to.
The younger set agrees. Its good. It used to be awful before. I wouldnt even look at it before, said Mostfa, a 3-year-old Iraqi child, before running off to a nearby slide.
(Army Sgt. Jerry Saslav serves in Multinational Division Baghdad with the 4th Infantry Divisions 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office.)
Multinational Corps Iraq
God Bless Our Troops!!!
That’s right! God bless our VICTORIOUS troops. The war is WON, America. Get used to it, Dems!!!!
Now that is the most refreshing story I have read all week. Thank you SandRat for posting these success stories, the U.S. Armed Forces do miracles every day. Heartwarming.
This is the kind of stuff that happens all the time...one playground...one school...one job center at a time.
It all counts.
I argee, most refreshing. Think of what our troops did in the way of ‘’community organizing’’ in Baghdad as oppossed to what Obambi ever did. God Bless our men and women serving everyone.(and remember them at USO.org)
You absolutely NAILED it......perfectly. This....is true community organizing; helping communities a neighborhood at a time, not trying to use them to steal votes. That is all Obama, et al, ever did.
These kids of ours over there (hey, I’m well over 50....they’re kids to me :) ) are amazing, and I’m so proud of ALL of them. They didn’t have to do this. They did this because we are Americans, and.........this is what we do.
The Obamas of the world will never understand that. Ever.
That is the most beautiful thing EVER. Those pictures are right up there in my book to the purple finger photos.
There are no finer people in the world than our military guys and gals. I thank God for them every day!
And those Pussbags Turbin Durbin and Murtha are NOWHERE TO BE SEEN!