Proposal Would Create Child Safe Zones Near Playgrounds

Columbia, SC (WLTX)- Columbia City Council is looking at a proposed ordinance that would target specific parks within the city. Jeff Caton, the Director of Parks and Recreation, gave the proposal at Tuesday's City Council work session.

"The ordinance that was presented yesterday at the council meeting was generated in effort to provide a safe environment to play on, specifically, around the playgrounds," said Caton.

The ordinance would make it illegal for anyone without children to be in certain parks during certain hours. Caton says the goal is to eliminate bad behavior in parks, especially, those close to schools.

"We have had some issues with alcohol and other illicit behavior," said Caton.

Roy Lynch Park in the Elmwood neighborhood is one of the focus areas. Parents in the area have complained of people drinking alcohol, participating in sexual activity and urinating in the playground area. The city would put up signs and educate the public about these new changes if the ordinance is passed.

City Council will vote next Tuesday.


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