Park perils pose problem

2015-09-01 06:00

Vandalism at a park in Pelikan Park has residents in the area up in arms.

The park on Heron Road is said to be a gathering spot for criminals and is also used as a getaway spot.

Resident Mymoena Vallie, who lives around the corner from the park, says neighbours around the park should be aware of the activity taking place in and around the park.

“There are unsavoury characters who hang around the park often. They are a nuisance to the people who live nearby,” she says.

According to Vallie, these unsavoury elements have made themselves guilty of vandalism as well.

“They have removed slabs from a vibracrete fence that is supposed to enclose the park. This now automatically makes way for a thoroughfare and this causes even more problems,” Vallie says.

Another resident, who requested to remain anonymous out of fear of victimisation, says she doesn’t allow her children to play at the park.

“My children know they are not allowed to play in that park. It is an inconvenience because the only other park is around the corner and I do not want them playing there either because they’ll be out of sight,” she says.

Both residents say vandalism at the park has gotten out of hand and they fear the worst if action isn’t taken soon.

“The park should be a place for children to play and they should feel safe in the space. However, that is not the case here. Our children cannot be kept indoors all day because we’re afraid of them being targeted by the wrong elements. It’s unfair,” they echo.

Vallie has urged residents of Heron Road to take responsibility for the space to eliminate further issues.

“Residents need to be aware of their surrounds. If you know people don’t belong in the area then they should chase them away. This will make these elements see that people are wary of their surrounds and it will deter them from wrongdoing in the area,” she says.

Grassy Park police spokesperson Warrant Officer Wynita Kleinsmith confirms the police have received complaints about activities in the park.

“We have received complaints from concerned residents. However, regular patrols do take place in the area,” she says.

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