Highland Village aims to protect parks from damage

The Highland Village City Council on Tuesday approved the first read of the code of ordinances prohibiting the improper use of structures located in city parks.

The amendment to the ordinance was necessitated by damage caused to park structures and equipment at locations such as Kids Kastle by groups of adults engaging in parkour and “boot camp” style activities.

Parkour, also known as freerunning, includes running, climbing, swinging vaulting, jumping rolling, and quadrupedal movement. City officials said that it has become common practice to use park playground equipment, picnic tables, and other park structures when engaging in those activities.

Play structures and equipment at city parks are typically designed for use by children under the age of thirteen.

The amendment to the Parks and Recreation, Unlawful Acts section of the Code of Ordinances specifically prohibits the use of park structures for purposes other than for what they were intended and allows the city to implement action to prevent the further damage to park facilities and eliminate potentially dangerous condition within park and trail areas.

The second read of the ordinance will be considered at the April 22 council meeting.

During the Council and Mayor announcements, Mayor Davis recognized McAuliffe Elementary School second grader RJ Turnbow as Mayor for the Day. “Mayor Turnbow” assisted Mayor Davis at the HVBA quarterly luncheon and the regular council meeting.

The HVTV Update informed residents of the upcoming Paper Shredding Day on April 26 from 2-5 pm at Pilot Knoll Park, the Waste Management At Your Door Service to dispose of hazardous waste and the HVBA Business Spotlight video featured Peter’s Pizzeria.

The City Council early work session is now available on HVTV (Time Warner 15; Verizon 43) and via the website streaming by clicking HVTV. The meetings are also available for on-demand viewing on the city website.

Source: City of Highland Village


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