Posted by another parent, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Aug 14, 2012 at 3:29 pm
My kids love to skate in Menlo Park and Greer, and I refuse to let them go alone for this very reason. Skating isn't a crime, but it sure does attract some bad apples at times, and as a parent I'm responsible for teaching my kids to be watchful and how to keep and eye on their surrounding - to watch who is around them. All of the skate parks have developed a pretty rowdy gang of bikers who don't follow skate park etiquette, and police DO NOT RESPOND to skate park issues (enforcing city posted rules) unless you have an emergency.
I hope this young man is okay, and recovers from the trauma of being a victim of violent crime. And city officers, city councils, wake up and start enforcing posted rules! Stop ignoring what you post as rules and parents who try to take their kids to safely enjoy these parks!
Posted by Parent, a resident of Menlo Park, on Aug 14, 2012 at 3:49 pm
I've been there watching over my kids. I overheard a juvenile say that he was restrained from being there, but since the cops no longer had a camera there, he wouldn't get caught.
Pretty sure the rules ban bikes; it's for skateboards only. But, nobody enforces the rules.
A camera would act as a deterrent and allow the cops to gather evidence of crimes when necessary. The cops don't have the staff to watch over this park. The parks department should do so. It's not unlike a pool that requires lifeguards. The risk of injury is significantly greater than other sports fields and courts.
Posted by Mohammed Ziwziw, a resident of the Barron Park neighborhood, on Aug 15, 2012 at 10:59 am
Very sad. No wonder parks are mostly vacant and Facebook/Google Plus/twitter are full.
When I was growing up, we never had to be watched, the parks were the safest place to be. Now I have to keep an eagle eye on my kids. Parks are becoming primarily a hangout for drug dealers, homeless, thieves, and dropout.
and I do sadly think that a camera can help deter some but not all. I guess better something than nothing/
Posted by Lulu, a resident of the Downtown North neighborhood, on Aug 15, 2012 at 11:07 am
When the park opened, I tried to take my young son there to skate. Even though it's a skate park, it's been overtaken by bikers, who are theoretically forbidden to use it.
I was so disturbed by some of the dangerous behaviors that I went across the soccer field to talk to the police. They had no interest in making even a perfunctory effort to ensure safety. They said that the rules were posted by the gate and that this posting absolved the city of all responsibility.
You see ambulances at the skate park regularly because most kids don't wear helmets and I've heard of a few serious head injuries. At least this boy chose to abide by that particular rule.
Posted by Kristin, a resident of Atherton, on Aug 15, 2012 at 4:11 pm
As the parent of this young boy, I am disgusted at what happened. We are a military family and move all around. My son bought the bike with his own money, and finally had something he enjoyed doing. It is so sad to see that a month and a half after he bought it, some thug steals it from him. I do hope the parents of the offender sees the bike and returns it!