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Community park in Pine Lawn locked more often than not, residents say

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Residents of Pine Lawn say Pelton Jackson Municipal Park is often locked and not open to the public. Residents of Pine Lawn say Pelton Jackson Municipal Park is often locked and not open to the public.
PINE LAWN, Mo. (KMOV.com) - People in Pine Lawn have noticed Pelton Jackson Municipal Park is often locked.

So News 4 asked, what good is a community park if the community cannot use it?

"Definitely it is closed more than it's open," said Willie Robinson, a Pine Lawn resident who lives across the street from the park. Robinson expressed his frustration that his grandchildren cannot play in the park and he cannot exercise on the walking trail.

City officials said they have heard the complaints and are working to address the problem.

Wednesday morning, the park was padlocked and deserted. In the afternoon, however, daycare operator Jacqueline Edwards was there with the kids from her daycare.

"We thought it was closed," Edwards said, because the gate looked locked, but it opened when pushed. The children from Edwards' daycare appeared to be having fun on the playground equipment, swings and basketball hoops, but Edwards said there are still problems with the park.

"The bathroom is not open, the water fountain... you can't get water. Pine Lawn, if they're paying the taxes why can't we get the things we should get?" asked Edwards.

Pine Lawn Spokesman Lou Times told News 4 there have been problems such as drinking and lewd acts at the park in the past.

"It's a very nice park," Thimes said. "There has been a lot of money put into the park."

Thimes said the city wants residents to know they are working to balance safety with more access to the park for residents.

"I think people should know they are not forgotten. The current administration is actively pursuing a happy medium. We want people to go to that park... to have a fun time in that park. We want the citizens and resident of Pine Lawn to enjoy their park," said Thimes.

The News 4 crew that visited the park noticed at least seven different security cameras in the park, which officials said are working and feed video to the police station.
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