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Local Nonprofit hopes to build new park in a “Forgotten Neighborhood”

MADISON, Ala - A local Nonprofit group known as Madsion Up is looking to make a change in a neighborhood the founder said has been forgotten.

"I stayed in this area for eight years after Hurricane Katrina, so I was able to see everything about the area. Everything that made it good or made it bad," Madison Up Founder/Owner Alex Riley said.

Riley describes the community he lived in off of Wall Triana Highway as low-income and forgotten. He said the city as a whole has turned their backs on them.

Just looking around the area, there's a broken down fence that stands out. Riley said the fence has looked like that since he moved here. He said the broken down fence symbolizes the community.

Also there's dirty buildings and a place full of youth, but nowhere safe for them to play.

"When the kids have to play, they haveĀ to play more in the street, because there's not any play space around their apartment community," Riley said.

Which is why Riley and his team at Madison Up is wanting to build a park, not just a place for play, but a place to grow as well. But they're lacking the funds to build it. They need $100,000.

He's starting the movement by simply building a broken down fence in the area to spark a movement to show the community they've not been forgotten like the rusty old fence.

If you would like to donate to their cause, you can do so at thisĀ GoFundMe account.