Salem residents say Memorial Park duck pond is disgusting, smelly

The City of Salem Parks Department was not available for comment on Thursday

Neighbors say the duck pond in Salem is full of algae and smells.

SALEM, Ohio (WKBN) – Neighbors near Waterworth Memorial Park in Salem say the duck pond, which used to be beautiful, is now disgusting and full of algae.

Linda Mellish lives right by the pond and says there was a time when people used to flock there.

“It was crystal clear. There were many, many more ducks, many, many more people here to visit them. We want to be proud again. I want to stay proud of the park.”

Mellish points out that some of the problems now are muck and algae along the edges, and the terrible smell. She posted photos to Facebook and her friends were shocked.

“They said, ‘We can’t take our children there anymore.'”

Mellish says she’s not just some complainer. She loves the park and pitches in every day to keep it looking nice.

“I pick up a lot of trash because I’m not going to walk past the trash.”

She says she can’t fix the pond herself, though.

The City of Salem Parks Department was not available for comment on Thursday when First News contacted them. Mellish says she talked with someone from the department earlier on Thursday, but didn’t agree with their explanation.

“I just don’t remember it being this bad at all. He said the algae is normal on top and said there’s not clean spring water coming up in it, so it’s stationary water.”

Mellish and her son are willing to help out if Salem’s parks director has a solution.

“We want it pretty. We want people to be proud of it,” she said.

Other neighbors say they’re willing to help clean up the pond as well.

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