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Largo Park and Rec officials push for age restrictions at playgrounds – Tampa, Florida

Tampa, Florida 2021-06-14 17:59:41 –

Largo, Florida — After complaints from “uncontrollable” teens at the playground, Largo Parks and Recreation officials have introduced a new ordinance that puts age restrictions on the playground.

This is a move favored by some parents like Patrick Burke.

“These playgrounds are for kids,” Burke said. “This is not a place for teens and adults without children to hang out.”

If the proposed ordinance is approved, no one over the age of 12 may enter the designated area set up for children unless they are a parent, guardian, or temporary caretaker who cares for the child.

Most of the parents’ ABC Action News spoke to support the ordinance. However, the city committee members are separated.

“There are a lot of concerns about doing this to get rid of teens,” said Joan Byrne. “That’s not really the situation.”

Byrne is the director of recreation, parks and arts in the city. She said this ordinance was needed. Because there are no books in the city where law enforcement can intervene if parents or young children have problems with teens or adults in the playground.

“This gives us the option to handle or eliminate situations that could make people feel uncomfortable or endanger their children,” she said. “We have all kinds of areas that are restricted to different types of use, certain types of age. Playgrounds are no exception.”

She said the city didn’t want to ban teens, even in parks and playgrounds. However, “In the rare cases where we need some help, we will enforce this ordinance.”

The ordinance passed the first reading with 4 to 3 votes. The final hearing and voting will take place on July 1st.



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