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Effort underway to designate San Diego playgrounds for children only

Posted at 6:22 PM, Mar 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-05 21:22:52-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Pacific Beach mother Sandy Algra says her number one job is keeping her child safe, something she wasn’t able to do a few months ago.

Algra and her 3-year-old son were at Liberty Station Park when he was scratched by a dirty needle, sending him to the emergency room. Algra says he underwent an infectious disease consultation and will require HIV and Hepatitis C tests every six months.

“Right now I’m trying to channel and redirect the anger that I feel about what happened to him, that I wasn’t able to keep him safe," said Algra.

She's created a petition to designate San Diego’s playgrounds for children only; adults are only allowed if they’re accompanied by a child.

Similar ordinances already exist in New York and Florida, people who violate them can face fines.

"I think that most people can use common sense and understand that an adult is not meant to be living under a slide, or sitting on a swing doing drugs or otherwise, that's not what these playgrounds are designed for," said Algra.

The petition has over 1,000 signatures and has garnered support from the Pacific Beach Planning Group and Pacific Beach Town Council.

Algra plans to eventually bring the petition to San Diego City Council.

The Parks and Recreation Department could not speak on the legality of implementing something like this, but sent 10News this statement:

There are currently no plans for the City to restrict access to children’s play areas in the City of San Diego. The Parks and Recreation Department will continue to provide safe and inviting spaces for the public to enjoy, provide new park facilities Citywide, and collaborate with community partners to expand recreational opportunities in high density areas where park space is critically needed.
Parks and Recreation Dept.