Councilwoman wants better accounting of crimes in Philadelphia parks

A Philadelphia City Councilwoman wants more information about problems at the city parks so they can be promptly handled.

The bill would require the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation to produce an annual report tracking crime and safety in the recreation centers, parks and playgrounds. Councilwoman Cindy Bass says the information is available, but she wants it compiled and presented in an easy to follow format.

“I can actually track it myself and hope to have every piece of information I might see on the news,” said Bass. “If there is a shooting or something happens it makes the news and gets our attention, but what else is happening there, that might fly under the radar. How can we get in front of all of the issues in terms of safety in our playgrounds.”

Bass says she feels responsibility for safety at the city’s recreational facilities.

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“Part of that responsibility is looking at all of the data and making sure what we can find ways to address what’s happening and get in front of it,” she said.

A hearing date for the legislation has not been set.

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