This is a timely story from our neighboring Flagler County, who has also had safety problems in their Palm Coast Ralph Carter Park. Palm Coast installed security cameras and added extra patrol to help with the crime in their park. Then they created activities for youth in the park, to aid in improving the quality of the citizens park experience. They worked very hard, and continue to make Ralph Carter Park safer for the children and families. Maybe the City of Holly Hill could also work harder to make our parks safer too!
Families try to make Palm Coast Park safe for all
Extra deputies patrol Ralph Carter Park after recent problems.
PALM COAST —
By Jason Wheeler, Reporter Wednesday, August 08, 2012
A park is supposed to be a place where kids of all ages can play.
But at Ralph Carter Park in Palm Coast, even parents have been run off by unruly teens and young adults.
The park, which is one of the newest parks in Flagler County, sits right next to Rymfire Elementary School.
However, since it opened, there have been problems.
The city of Palm Coast spent nearly $19,000 on fencing to keep teens from cutting through neighborhood yards and vandalizing nearby property.
Back in April, a teen shot into a crowd during an argument. No one was injured and the shooter was arrested.
Even still, it shook up those who tried to use the park on a regular basis.
Video cameras and extra patrols can only do so much.