FAIRFIELD — Playgrounds in city parks will be exclusively for children and the adults accompanying them if the Fairfield City Council approves an ordinance the city staff says was spurred by complaints about other park users gathering around kids play areas and discouraging their use by children.
The proposal won support Friday at Allan Witt Community Park, where Harold Harris said he often goes with his grandchildren to the aquatics complex. Harris was operating a metal detector Friday and said he regularly finds caps to liquor bottles around the playground.
Blanca Mendieta, 23, who was with her 15-month-old nephew, said she walks through the park from her home along Woolner Avenue to go to stores. Sometimes she see a lot of people without kids, Mendieta said.
“I wonder what they’re doing,” she said.
Signs would be installed at playground parks throughout the city and start with Allan Witt Park on West Texas Street and Lee Bell Park at Union Avenue and Travis Boulevard.
“That’s where we’ve heard the most concerns,” David White, deputy city manager, said of the two parks.
The city could remove people from playground areas if they violate the proposed ordinance. An administrative citation for an infraction could be issued. Fines for a first offense are $100.
White said cities around the country, including San Francisco, have pursued ordinances similar to the measure the Fairfield City Council takes up Tuesday.
The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the council chambers at the Civic Center, 1000 Webster St.
Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.