Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

May 7, 2013

Better playgrounds might keep them from playing in streets

CUMBERLAND — The city of Cumberland seems to prefer children playing in the streets instead of providing adequate playground facilities for them endangering their lives with automobile traffic. 

The response I got from city hall was “funding and liability” is the issue. Liability could be addressed by placing signs around playgrounds making the city not liable for injuries.

Funding could be generated similar to what city firemen do at the street corner by parents of these children or fund raisers such as bake sales.

Or perhaps less money spent on the downtown mall on plants, shrubbery and maintenance which would make a wonderful playground for children since there is no vehicular traffic.

On my street, North Waverly Terrace, children throw footballs damaging my neighbors’ and my vehicles. They ride bicycles recklessly without helmet laws being enforced.

I called the police once about them throwing the ball in the street. The response was “They’re just kids.”

I was so angry about how obtuse and apathetic he was to my situation. I wondered how he would like numerous children throwing the ball in front of his home damaging his cars. 

I also thought it would be nice on their day off if he and other officers could take the kids to the college to play football mentoring the children.

Some of these families I would imagine are receiving some type of housing benefits. If so that agency should be responsible for making sure of adequate playground facilities before placing a family in a neighborhood. 

As taxpayers and conscientious homeowners in this neighborhood is there someone that can help us?

John Kelley

Cumberland

 

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