OAK CLIFF, TEXAS—Cayla Green is watching her children cool off at a park in Oak Cliff where she says there's not much else to do. She says, "This water park is about it besides what's in the apartments and a lot of apartments don't have playgrounds."
But that's about to change. City-owned Wheatland Park a few blocks down the street will be transformed into a football complex for young kids to play. Green adds, "Give them something to do instead of just roaming the streets all the time."
It's former Cowboys player Deion Sanders' vision. Try outs for the Dallas Select Football League were held in April. Some 150 kids from around the metroplex between the ages of 5 and 12 now make up eight teams.
McKael McCory says, "It wasn't hard, you just have to hit the dummy as hard as you can and go full speed."
Tony Anthony says it's a good way for kids to learn teamwork and sportmanship. He adds, "Being as though it's for the kids i think that's a great idea it'll help out in the community anyway you look at it anything that could help educate the children i'm for it."
The city of Dallas and Prime Time Association have teamed up. The city has given the go ahead with a 250-thousand dollar fund authorization at a time when it's facing budget cutbacks.
City Councilmember Steve Salazar says, "We can't hire police officers with this money voters in 2003 said use it for economic development in this case in southern dallas and this makes the best of both worlds because even as today we're looking at cutting some time on some of the rec centers."
Green says, "It'll be a good thing good change for Oak Cliff."