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'CARD' to increase security patrols at its parks

Starting May 1st, the Chico Area Recreation And Park District said it is increasing its security patrols in the parks.

Posted: Apr. 30, 2019 10:28 PM
Updated: Apr. 30, 2019 10:30 PM

CHICO, Calif. -- Starting May 1st, the Chico Area Recreation And Park District said it is increasing its security patrols in the parks.

"I found people on the ground, non-responsive. In the bathroom, had to call 911," said Lisa Luiz, a woman who uses 'CARD' parks. 

Major safety issues, Luiz says, she's seen at Community Park.

"I mean, like, I get it's a park, but there shouldn't be drug paraphernalia. There's kids. It's a kid's park," said Luiz.

Chico Area Recreation And Park District now says they plan to increase security patrols in the parks.

"It's nice to have security around, you know, the presence. Usually, we see them walking around as well," said Suhail Khan, a man who uses 'CARD' parks.

Khan says it's a contrast to just last year.

"There were times last year we felt a little vulnerable. There was a lack of security," said Khan.

Toni Ruggle and Dana Kriz said they go to Hooker Oak Park nearly every day.

"I have not witnessed crime, but yes I've seen sketchy people," said Kriz.

"In this day and age, I think it's just a reality. I think the increased security is probably a necessary thing," said Ruggle.

Luiz says she hopes the added security keeps the parks usable.

"I've got kids coming up and I wanna be out here watching them play, and hopefully playing with them if my body holds out, but we need the parks for our kids," said Luiz.

Click here for the updated CARD park rules and regulations.

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