It was a year ago when LIC Spot reported about high school kids entering playgrounds that are obviously for young children, and were constantly abusing the equipment.
In fact, we had reached out to Councilman Van Bramer about the issue last year and were told that he was working on the issue:
“I have been working with local community residents as well as the 108th Precinct to make sure that this problem is addressed in a swift manner,” said the Council Member. “My office will be working with both the Parks Department and the NYPD to ensure that Long Island City park spaces are preserved for visitors who cherish these wonderful spaces within our community. I will continue to pressure both of these agencies to protect our quality of life.”
Fast-forward 365 days and we are hearing and seeing that nothing has changed. Just last week I witnessed with numerous other parents the same belligerent kids in Murray Park. A call to 911 was never answered.
Yesterday numerous parents had to call 911 again at Rainbow Park because high schoolers had “invaded the kids area”. The Parks Department representatives approached them but stated that they were not legally allowed to kick them out of the playground area. Police did arrive afterwards and the kids left.
We are doing some research and trying to figure out if anyone without a child is legally allowed in the children’s playground area.