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Parks Environmental Protection

Parks Environmental Protection

Parks and Recreation Directors are people who care about the environment. They know how beautiful, well-kept parks have historically proven many societal benefits, as well as the environmental protection it provides.  Which is why they use the resources necessary to keep our parks clean and free from improper waste disposal, infamously known as illegal dumping.

Unfortunately, abatements of illegal waste costs the government, as well as the law-abiding, tax-paying citizens dollar amounts that can run into the millions, sometimes billions per year.   These accounts could preferably be spent on better upkeep care and preservation of the environment, rather than spending it on the environmental cleanups of illegal and absolutely preventable dumping.

Parks Directors understand that garbage, dumped illegally by thoughtless individuals, harms the environment.  If debris is dumped at a publicly accessible area, this can be dangerous to people.  It is an injury threat if discarded scrap is dumped in an area where children play, or where people play sports, such as near a playground or in a recreational area.  Illegal dumping sites might also contain toxic waste, which can be detrimental to human health.   When illegal waste dumped contains toxic materials that cause a hostile environment to parks, it not only makes it unsafe for people, but it simultaneously kills off the wildlife, and it poisons the habitat of the plants and the trees.

When all the good people, all the innocent wild animals and all the beautiful gardens and plants are gone, that’s when crime increases.  The homeless population moves into the park, and it becomes a common dumping site.  Not only is this waste dumping a form of environmental vandalism in and of itself, but the site of trash everywhere will cause other, thoughtless vandals to further disrespect the park, and other types of vandalism such as graffiti and property destruction may become more prevalent.  The park at this point could become a gang territory as well.  It is also easier to hide other unlawful activity in an environment like this, and it could very well become a hot spot for illegal drugs and violent crime.

This very sad domino-effect has an overall negative impact on society.  The numbers of negative side effects of a bad environment add up in droves, which is why the Directors of Parks and Recreation are good at taking extra heed to prevent all types of crime, such as illegal dumping, from ever becoming a crisis.  It’s all about nipping illegal dumping in the bud before it blossoms into a full bloom environmental catastrophe.

Environmental protection starts with crime prevention.

Protecting Parks from Vandalism

Protecting Parks from Vandalism

Even beautiful, well-maintained parks can be the target of vandalism. Park bathrooms, pavilions, and playground equipment are among a long list of recipients under the torment of vandals.

Some vandals are youth that are bored and find a dark entertainment from committing thoughtless mischievous acts. There is also the lone wolf or the angry mob the wishes to inflict harm to the public park. Regardless of the reason, when a park shows signs of neglect other more serious crimes like drugs, prostitution, and gang violence besiege and penetrate the neighborhood.

Ideally, communities need to partner with their local police and park rangers to combat the dangers that infiltrate their public parks.  Shutting down a park to avoid protecting and maintaining a park is not an option, because safe clean parks are essential to the over all well being of the community. Multiple studies have been conducted and show protected parks enhance the property values of the nearby homes and add to the physical and mental health to the residents.

Unfortunately, keeping the vandals out of parks is difficult.

To stop vandalism, graffiti, and theft at your park certain measures must be in place:

  • Make sure there is adequate lighting
  • Create activities and programs that involve the community
  • Have Site Managers
  • Display Maps at entrances and walk routes
  • Have Security Measures in place, such as Park Vandalism Cameras
  • Clean up all vandalism and graffiti immediately
  • Maintain safety measures for the park and all park equipment

Safe parks are essential to the well being of the community and should be protected from vandalism to keep the park safe.

 

 

Keep Parks Free from Vandalism

Keep Parks Free from Vandalism

Parks are essential and should be protected from Vandalism. Imagine your favorite childhood playground. What comes to mind when you picture it? More than likely, you reminisce over fond childhood memories like gliding down a shiny, bright red slide and flying high on the chain-link swing. Maybe even jumping off to see how far you’ll land. You probably do not think about broken-down park benches and swear words scratched into the play equipment. However, sadly for the community, this is what some parks have become. It takes large amounts of money to fix damages done to parks and ensure a continual beauty of recreation sites.

In Louisville, KY, a 2015 report showed that there have been nearly $400,000 worth of damages done to city parks. This problem has gotten worse. Among the damages are vandalism, graffiti, and theft. A common occurrence that Louisville parks face is stolen trash cans. Thieves can make around $3 for reselling a metal trash can, whereas it costs parks $10 or more to replace. This seemingly small number adds up to a sum that could be used towards city events or updating community gathering areas.

Unfortunately, vandalism and destruction are fates public places regularly face, but there are ways to stop the damage and costs that parks encounter daily.

To stop vandalism, graffiti, and theft at your park you must:

  • Make sure there is adequate lighting
  • Create activities and programs that involve the community
  • Have Site Managers
  • Display Maps at entrances and walk routes
  • Have Security Measures in place, such as Park Vandalism Cameras
  • Clean up all vandalism and graffiti immediately
  • Maintain safety measures for the park and all park equipment

Accepting the ruin of community recreational sites is not an option. Protect your community and maintain a safe and beautiful park.

 

Protecting Skate Parks and Splash Pads

Protecting Skate Parks and Splash Pads

A skate park and a splash park are great assets to the community and should be protected from vandalism and graffiti.

The community skate park and splash pad add a lot of entertainment and outdoor exercise for both youth and adults.  Outdoor exercise is known to decrease the probability of illness and depression. What better opportunity for outdoor exercise than a skate park or a splash pad?  It is exercise in the disguise of play and socialization.

The time, energy, and cost in creating a skate park and splash pad can be daunting, but it is well worth the effort.  According to the Tony Hawk Foundation, the average cost to build a skate park runs between $200,000- $400,000, with an additional cost to maintain.  According to Chelan County, the estimated cost to create a splash pad is between $800,000-$2,000,000, also with an additional cost to maintain.

With investing so much into a park, it is essential to protect it.

Unfortunately, both skate parks and splash pads are frequently targeted with graffiti and vandalism. This crime is ghastly as it affects the entire community.  Additional unfortunate details are graffiti and vandalism bring down the property values and usher in more devastating crime into the community, such as drugs and violence.  Graffiti and vandalism bring down the entire community’s quality-of-life.

Therefore, it is important to protect your parks from vandalism and graffiti, these quality-of-life offenders. It is also imperative you protect your dollar asset and the hard work that went into building those awesome parks the community loves.

How to protect your park’s assets:

  • Maintain adequate lighting at night
  • Post operating hours
  • Enclose the park with fencing
  • Install Park Vandalism Cameras– designed specifically to stop quality-of-life crimes

Traditional video cameras do not stop quality-of-life crimes.

What is your city doing to protect your great park achievements?