Bass ordinances call for annual report on violence at city parks, rec centers
October 19, 2012By Yasmein James for NewsWorks
Eight District City Councilwoman Cindy Bass introduced two ordinances Thursday that, if passed, would require employees at local parks and recreation centers to provide an annual report of crimes that take place on the grounds.
The ordinances follow a Council Committee on Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs hearing regarding several summer instances of crimes at recreation centers.
"We are able to fight crime more efficiently when we have better data," said Bass. "In order to prevent crime in our parks and recreation centers, we must establish the scope of the problem.
"This city needs reliably safe places with constructive environments for our kids to go after school and on the weekends. This legislation will help us compile data to effectively keep our parks and recreation centers safe."
The ordinances are expected to be discussed at a joint hearing between the Public Safety and Parks and Recreation committees early next year.