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Waldo neighborhood throws ‘graduation’ after pesky pothole finally gets patched

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- We might be well into the summer, but Friday was graduation day for one Kansas City pothole.

We first met this Waldo pothole on June 28 after a concerned neighbor near 82nd and Cherry decided to throw it a three-month birthday party.

Birthday party for Waldo pothole

Back in March Frank Sereno called 311 to complain about the pothole, but it went months without being filled.

"I thought, 'What I can I do to have a little fun?'" Sereno said. "Everyone is always complaining about the potholes, but complaining doesn't seem to be getting anything done. So I said, 'I want to keep it top of mind.' I know my fellow Waldo neighbors are just as disgusted as I am so I said, 'Let's just celebrate it's birthday. It's third birthday.'"

Pothole at 83rd and Cherry

The pothole garnered so much media coverage that it was quickly repaired and the community took notice.

Pothole graduation

On Friday, they decided to throw a graduation for the pothole in honor of its new look.

"Pothole has graduated, and he's moving on to bigger and better things," Serano said. "He's said he wants to take the summer off to think about what he wants to do. He may get into politics. We'll see what happens, but right now it's all up in the air. We're just happy that he's been fixed, and he's ready to move onto his next life."

Cake

Like any good graduation party, there was cake.

Dogs

Even the pets got in on the fun!

Fixed pothole

Congratulations Waldo pothole and good luck in the future!

But the pothole also now has a little sister. Sereno said Saturday he plans to call about the new pothole that popped up less than a foot away.

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