GREGORY EL wasn't surprised to hear that two people had been shot at the Simons Rec Center - a lot has changed at the West Oak Lane playground since he was a teen playing ball on its basketball courts.
"This whole neighborhood has gone downhill," said El, 43, who lives not far from the rec center, on Walnut Lane near Woolston Street.
"Kids used to come here to play. Now they just hang out and get into trouble," he said, adding that fights and arguments are common at the summertime hangout spot. "It's terrible."