DALLAS TWP. -- High school kids have taken over what was once a clean, safe little playground at the end of South Side Avenue, Tim and Nicole Rismondo said at Tuesday’s board of supervisors meeting.
“The kids are destroying the place,” Tim Rismondo said.
They said the sliding boards are covered in graffiti and the park is littered.
The problem has gotten worse in the last two years, they said, and they’ve recently noticed cars coming and going, and are worried that drugs are being sold.
Nicole Rismondo said most of the activity occurs after school, between the hours of 2 and 6 p.m.
The Rismondos’ young daughter said she used to go to the park with her babysitter but now she’s afraid to go. They asked if a streetlight removed several years ago could be replaced.
Police Chief Robert Jolley said that would only extend the problem.
“Instead of leaving when it gets dark, they’ll congregate when it’s light,” he said. “They’re like bugs.”
He said police presence would be a more effective solution, assuring the Rismondos and several of their neighbors, who wished to remain anonymous, that the police department would start to patrol the area regularly.