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Parks and Rec board discusses security concerns at county parks

At a meeting of the Gadsden County Parks & Recreation Advisory Board last Tuesday morning, a major topic of discussion was safety in the county’s 11 parks. Board member Roosevelt Morris said some citizens are reporting there may be illegal activity going on in the parks. As a result , some communities have requested that the county remove the bathrooms from their local parks, he added. Morris said the worst parks are St. Johns Community Park, Robertsville Community Park and Scottown Community Park (this park doesn’t have a bathroom, Morris said). Board member Jeff Diekman suggested getting the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Department involved – just to stop by for visibility – and Morris said he was looking into finding out the county’s budget for security in the parks, including surveillance cameras. This issue will likely be followed up on at the next meeting of the county’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, 10 a.m., Tuesday, September 11 in the County Commissioners Meeting Chambers at the Edward J. Butler Governmental Complex (located at 9-B East Jefferson Street in Quincy).

By Randall Lieberman