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March 19, 2013 > Letter to the Editor: Posting rules at Fremont Parks

Letter to the Editor: Posting rules at Fremont Parks

I believe rules for neighborhood parks should be posted at neighborhood parks.

I have previously suggested such posting in a letter to the City Attorney:

FMC Sec. 4-9100 . . . "The Fremont City Council finds that nuisances can be avoided with effective property management . . . " Sec 4-9110, and others.

The City owns parks, streets, and sidewalks in nearly all instances. Our elected fiduciaries for voting citizens manage such facilities or delegate authority to others to do so, on their behalf. While such authority can be delegated, the responsibility for that function cannot be delegated.

We have had incidents of school children in Warm Springs recently being approached inappropriately. Yet, for years and years, Fremont City Council has allowed our neighborhood streets to be used as changing rooms for sports recreational use! What kind of discouragement to perverts is this?

I suggest to you, our elected fiduciaries acting on behalf of the voting citizens in your electorate, posting conditions granting permission to use a NEIGHBORHOOD park.

* Park closed 30 minutes past sunset to dawn.
* Noise abatement rules strictly enforced sunrise to 9 a.m. every morning.
* Consumption of alcoholic beverages prohibited.
* A "No-Smoking" ordinance is in effect. No smoking allowed on park grounds or on public sidewalks. (Surely people won't stand in the middle of the street to smoke??)
* Trespassing on private property prohibited.
* Park users prohibited from parking on residents' side of the street.
* Changing into sports attire (removal of shirt, trousers, or pants of any kind including shorts) while on public park grounds, streets and sidewalks near a public park, or in any vehicle parked on such streets where persons can see inside, prohibited except in a restroom if provided for such purposes and under other specific conditions (as in sweatsuits when already clothed in playing attire underneath or in a medical emergency).

Faye McKay

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