Childless adults could face ban from LA park playgrounds
Council member Mitch O’Farrell proposed that adults who are not accompanying children should be banned from the perimeter of playgrounds in the parks and ticketed for violating the regulation, according to KTLA5.
The Democrat said he is putting forward the motion following complaints from his constituents about drug dealing in the city parks.
The suggestion has been met with sharp criticism online, with some commenters blasting it as “idiotic.” O’Farrell responded on Twitter by saying there was “no proposed ban”.
In response to another comment on Facebook, O’Farrell said that his proposal was specific to children’s playgrounds and that it was only the first step in a public process which would provide ample opportunity for discussion.
Others saw merit in the suggested regulation, agreeing that children’s safety should be a priority.
@ChristinaKTLA the park & the play structure are 2 different things. Adults w/o kids at the park don't belong any where near MY children.— mattyc415 (@mattyc415) December 28, 2016
California state laws are already in place in relation to loitering. LA City Council is expected to vote on the motion next year.