Growing up, Mary Dewing knew what it was like to have neighbors watching out for one another.
Her mother knew exactly what her daughter did both coming and going from school — the neighbors would tell her.
“We thought she had eyes everywhere,” said Dewing, 67.
In the Uptown neighborhood near Central and Hillside, Dewing has become the eyes for Chautauqua Park, at Third and Chautauqua. She makes sure there is no bullying, graffiti or using the park as a bathroom — which she said happened before she put a stop to it.
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“I have learned that really what the neighborhood association is about is saving the neighborhood,” Dewing said. “We all make a difference.”
In addition to watching out for the park, she also organizes special activities there. For an event in September, she bought hot dogs and all the fixings for strawberry smoothies.
Dewing said she enjoys seeing children playing in the park.
“I know I have (neighborhood) kids who are grown and have kids of their own come out and help me,” she said. “I get satisfaction out of that.
“I want kids in this neighborhood to be happy and feel that the neighborhood they live in is their own.”