WE WON! Councilmember José Huizar and the parks department are teaming up to install a playground fence at Spring Street Park (see news here). HUGE thank you to everyone who signed and shared the petition, as well as everyone who shared photos and stories. You are the ones who made this happen! Now the politicians and developers can’t say there aren’t any families downtown or that downtown families don’t count. Go us!
The opening of Spring Street Park on June 17 was a big deal for those of us raising kids in DTLA–the park is one of only two public spaces in all of downtown set aside for children. But while we’re happy to have a new space where we can let our kids run and play, it hasn’t been all good news for downtown families. The playground was built without a fence, making it impossible to keep out dogs (especially off-leash dogs), creating a safety hazard for the young children who play there every day. In addition to the potential threat from dogs, there are also problems with people who are high, drunk and/or mentally ill hanging out in the playground area. All the more reason to have a fence.