Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia Proposes Limits On Adults Without Children In City Parks

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6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia wants to keep adults off the monkey bars, slides and other playground equipment in city parks. A proposed bill would empower police to hit violators with up to a $500 fine.

"In a perfect world we wouldn't have to legislate on this at all," she tells Daily RFT. "Other people want to act like bullies, and I feel like I have to act."

Those "other people" are groups of adults and older children that Ingrassia says she's seen loitering on playground equipment, hogging city resources that are supposed to go to young children. Currently there's not much the police can do to remove them unless there is obvious lawbreaking going on. Hence Ingrassia's bill.

Ingrassia says she personally called the the cops about group of men in Fox Park, and police found handguns and a smattering of outstanding warrants. That incident, says the alderwoman, pushed her to find a solution.

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The alderwoman says that she's heard from parents across the city who are scared to bring their children to play in city parks because groups of rowdy adults frequently use playgrounds as hangouts for drinking and drug use.

Ingrassia admits that using legislation to limit the use of public spaces is a sensitive and controversial tactic. Portions of city parks could suddenly become verboten for adults without a child under twelve in tow. The bill would designate areas of parks that would be publicly marked "Children's Play Areas," which would be open only for children under twelve and their parents or guardians.

That being said, these specially designated areas could also include places like little-league baseball fields, which were constructed with a specific age group in mind, and not adults.

If passed, Ingrassia insists ban wouldn't function as a blanket mandate for police to sweep through parks and clear out undesired adults such as homeless individuals. She says she expects and welcomes public debate and suggestions in the coming weeks as the bill is considered.

"It's not a perfect solution," she says, but points to the use of similar ordinances in places like Miami Beach, New York and Los Angeles as proof that such a tactic can be used in a measured and effective way.

Here's KDSK (Channel 5)'s report:

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draconess25
draconess25

This is stupid. I'm 18 and my boyfriend is 17, and we go to playgrounds to ACTUALLY PLAY ON THE PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT. I understand that people drinking and shooting up in parks is a problem, but maybe we should put more money into treatment programs instead of laws that also punish the innocent. Besides, that won't keep away the CHILDREN who are already drinking.


Parks are paid for by everyone and should be open to everyone.


Luckily we live in Granite City, which has no such laws. And even if it did, I look 12, so my boyfriend could just say he's my big brother. :P

glidewell1
glidewell1

Seriously crazy to think that I cannot take advantage of city parks since I no longer have "young" children.  While you are at it Alderwoman, how about not allowing children into restaurants or movies or on public transportation?  Yeah-I didn't think so.....


rupert05xlh
rupert05xlh

Sounds like a great idea!  While you're busy banning me from the park, make sure you lower my property taxes.  I shouldn't have to fund the park if I can't use it. I'd appreciate if you would quit taxing me for my local schools too, since I don't have any children.

1hartSTL
1hartSTL

So does this mean I wouldn't be able to take my do to the park?

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

@rupert05xlh I'm sure it would be a real shame if you couldn't use the slide would it you childish fuck? Or would this just restrict your ability to stalk children at the park in your lucky trenchcoat?


Never mind you are bitching about taxes like a tea bagging fuck so you probably live in St. Charles. Who in the city gives a fuck about your opinion anyway?

bwalt614
bwalt614

@jaco1175 At least ruper045xlh didn't sound like an uniformed Dick Jaco. Also cussing makes you sound smarter so the next time you're trying to prove a "point" or are in a professional environment, probably never have or ever will, but make sure to use the same tactic. (~}:) 

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

@bwalt614 @jaco1175 shut the fuck up. anyone bitching the tired argument about paying taxes when they don't have kids forgets that they are part of a society and IS an uninformed dick. will clown shoe let me off the hook for his medicare and social security? i seriously doubt it. just another mean spirited 'get offa my lawn!!' motherfucker. fuck him.

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