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BATON ROUGE - Residents in the Valley Park neighborhood in Baton Rouge want change, and they're organizing a new civic association to make change happen.

The Valley Park neighborhood sits along the interstate just off College Drive. People who live there are fed up with crime, overgrown grass and abandoned houses.

"It looks bad, and we as concerned neighbors and home owners, I think if we take more interest in it we can do a better job," said resident Cynthia Green.

That's why Reverend Thomas Bessix and a handful of residents joined together to form the new civic association with hopes of bringing Valley Park back to its old ways.

"My plea is that we all come together as a family like it used to be and clean up Valley Park so we can share for our future generation," said Green.

Organizers say the first step is to tackle cleaning up the neighborhood and work toward creating a place for kids to play so they can stay out of trouble.

"The children are not the problem," said Green. "It's just that we are not educated enough in this community, and I'm hoping that the civic association can do more justice for them."

The first official meeting will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 6 p.m.at New Gideon Baptist Church located at 2542 Balis Drive.



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