: Snell Road, near the river
Approximate Age of Patrons
Perhaps the city could add some barbed wire to the fence and then the park would be utterly and completely off-putting.
Topics of Conversation
: "Um, is it safe here?"
Stray Dogs Seen
Types of Vehicles in Parking Lots
: There are no parking lots
: Very low
Number of Gunshots Heard
Number of pitbulls sighted
Incorporation of Local History
I'm going to be honest; I didn't even get out of the car. The city has attempted to make this park as foreboding as possible. There's no parking lot. There's a fence around the
A nice playground behind a fence.
whole park. There are signs warning you away from littering and dealing drugs. And a sign that tells you to get out of the park by dusk. The gate seems designed to only let one person through at a time.
And it's not clear where a person is supposed to park. Do I park in front of the neighbor's house? What if they have company?
So I took the city's message and didn't bother.
But what a shitty thing for the people who live in the neighborhood.
It's hard for me to believe that giving people a neighborhood park that resembles a
More nice stuff behind a fence.
minimum-security prison yard makes the park safer. In fact, it seems like it would have the opposite effect, of being a constant reminder that the park and the neighborhood aren't safe and are full of drugs and full of people who need to be kept out or in with fences.
Just psychologically, it seems like the wrong message to send to a neighborhood.