Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Raytown Parks Deserve Closer Attention
Raytown Parks and Recreation has been called to task by neighbors surrounding Colman Park located at 59th and Lane Street. City officials have been accused of turning a blind eye to a situation that is recurring on Sunday nights at Colman Park, home of the City's Park Department Headquarters. In a letter to inviting them to witness the goings-on at the park on Sunday night Board of Aldermen and Park Board members were told to be prepared to smell, hear, see and witness: SMELL: The unmistakable scent of marijuana being smoked by patrons of the park. The odor of small charcoal burners used by individuals in the parking lot and on the street next to their cars in violation of park rules and city ordinances. HEAR: Vulgar language, laced with racial and sexual profanity. Be prepared to hear trash talk of all sorts, threats and counter-threats. The continual playing of mind-numbing music so loud that it penetrates the walls of homes within one block of the park. SEE: As have the homeowners along Lane Street have for the last month – people urinating in public, fights, public drinking and drunkeness, public displays of sexual affection and all sorts of other anti-social behavior. WITNESS: Curfew violations that last long past the 11:00 p.m. deadline. Those unavailable witness the Sunday night crowd were invited to visit the park early on Monday morning to see park employees spend two to three hours cleaning up the debris from the previous night's events. The above mentioned incidents are common on Sunday evening at Colman Park. It is why neighbors of the park are asking for the following: 1. Privacy fences installed between homeowners on Lane Street and adjacent parking lots. 2. The curfew changed from 11:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. 3. Gates installed at entrances to the park to enforce the curfew. 4. Codification of park rules prohibiting amplified music and alcoholic beverages in the park. The Park Board is expected to take up the issue at a special meeting on Monday, June 4th at park board headquarters located at 59th and Lane Streets at 7:00 p.m.