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Group wants to revitalize one of the oldest parks in Birmingham

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A new group has set out to improve what it considers the jewel of the East side.
The city of Birmingham is expected to do some work at East Lake Park. Some hope, the effort will also revitalize the community.

Valerie Proctor Davis says, "You can see it's a photographers paradise."

Shun Anderson takes her children to East Lake Park. "This is where you can come and bring your kids, relax and be safe."

Davis considers East Lake Park a hidden gem that could become so much more. "You don't see it, you drive by it, see a bunch of tree and people don't realize its here." "It's a very old park that needs maintenance and upgrades."

Holes on this pier need fixing and vandals have broken lights and in the lake Anderson says, "There's a lot of trash and debris in it, it would be nice for someone to clean it up."

Davis says, "The city does have a major maintenance plan. In the beginning of 2015, they're going to be replacing the piers and putting in different lighting they they hope will be more safer and vandal proof."

Davis is President of "Friends of East Lake Park." Her group and others are also trying to protect the wildlife here.

"There's not nearly as much life in it as there use to be."

She's looking into how to make the lake more habitable for fish and how to make the park more fun for families. All part of an effort to revitalize East Lake.

"The big parks, people do all kinds of things, they have concerts, plays and activities."

McRoy Maxwell "Anytime you improve and revitalize and bring things back into this area, it will bring them back."

Davis would also like to see a skate park.

She believes the Parks and Rec Department has asked for a budget that would include park rangers to help monitor city parks. We could not reach anyone with the department for a comment.