When Rachel Maynard of Sweet Home took her two boys to the playground at Waterloo County Park a couple of years ago, she noticed that the play structure was not in good shape.
"There were holes in the slides. They had to take the tunnel slide down. It was sad to see the vandalism," said Maynard, a local real estate agent.
Her older son Zach, in particular, was "horribly disappointed," she said. "He and his friend would yell through the tunnel slide."
Maynard contacted the Linn County Parks Department to report her concerns, which, it turned out, weren't limited to her.
"We've had a lot...