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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?

 

Stop Quality of Life Crimes

Stop Quality of Life Crimes

To stop quality-of-life crimes, a community must understand the crimes. All people desire to have a quality life. The details that go into what defines quality are different from one person to another person.  However, most people agree on the details that take qualities-of-life away such as sickness, lack of food, or lack of shelter. But what about a community?

What qualities of life should a community aspire to have? Most people would agree a thriving community is safe, has nice parks, and clean public areas to enjoy. There are concerns that hurt a community’s quality of life.

These concerns come in the form of graffiti, vandalism, and illegal dumping.  Graffiti and vandalism bring an atmosphere of danger and heighten alertness, the opposite of feelings of safety.  And Illegal dumping, besides the blight, introduces disease and toxic pollution, which can cause illness.

If a community wants to provide quality-of-life to its citizens’, then the community must place these concerns in the discussion.

End the cycle of quality-of-life crimes!

 

Maintain Your Parks-Stop Vandalism

Maintain Your Parks-Stop Vandalism

Vandalism is one for the most common and challenging problems for parks throughout the United States.  Maintaining a park includes unpredictable vandalism occurrences and the costs these criminal acts incur.  It is no easy task.

Unfortunately installing traditional cameras and surveillance systems do not stop the problem.  Vandalism usually occurs in dark areas where adequate lighting is not provided. In addition, it occurs in remote areas where electricity and internet connection are not available or costly to install.

There is a big difference between surveillance and deterrence.  Surveillance is needed for live action video where a police officer or security guard can be immediately deployed. But surveillance video does not stop a crime from occurring, and it is hard to get prosecutable images, especially in the dark.  And then the park is left with the task and cost of repairing park equipment or worse closing the park.

Whereas deterrence does just that.  It deters the incident of vandalism or graffiti before it happens.  Therefore, no costs are incurred to repair equipment because it was saved from the criminal intent. Park Vandalism Cameras are especially designed to stop vandals before they strike, and they capture high resolution images that can be used to identify suspects even in complete darkness in remote areas where there is no electricity or lights.

When your park is closed, you should know your park equipment is safe from the hands of vandals. Your job of maintaining a park should not be made more difficult.

Get the tools you need to stop vandalism.

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How to Protect the Park

How to Protect the Park

In an age of COVID-19, people are more separated than ever. People no longer feel comfortable with even crossing the street to greet their neighbors, let alone offer a friendly handshake. Never before has the thought of engaging in a friendly interaction been considered to be irresponsible or dangerous, but that is the reality we live with now. People no longer feel that they are allowed start relationships with their neighbors. When everyone in a community is an island, everyone will be vulnerable to crime and disaster because they will lack the support system which is usually present in a community.

The one thing which can help turn the tide in this isolation crisis is the public parks system. Public parks are a place where people can gather outside, free from the fear of contracting COVID-19. As a great leader, Alexander Robertson has begun to utilize parks to reunite and rebuild communities which are suffering from neglect and crime. Using fun, outdoor activities, Robertson is breaking down barriers between neighbors. At parks, communities are able to gather together, become more organized, and have their needs heard and met.

Nevertheless, even small nuisance crimes can threaten to disrupt the life-giving activities of parks. If we want our parks to remain protected, then we need to establish iron-clad deterrence.

Protect your Parks:

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

 

When a park utilizes crime deterrent cameras, the park will be protected.

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