Parks Director Assures Safety After Incidents

After a Memorial Day madhouse at the Metro-owned wave pool and a shooting in Centennial Park Wednesday night, the city’s Parks director is assuring safety and well-being of patrons.

Tommy Lynch says in a statement the department takes safety and enjoyment “very seriously.” He says, however, parks are a “microcosm of the city” and that they “tend to reflect the same issues.”

Police detectives are still trying to identify the gunman responsible for the Centennial Park shooting, just after a number of juveniles were seen throwing gang signs. Wave Country reopens today. Plain clothes officers have been added to the pool’s security detail.

The full statement:

“We take any disruption to the safety and enjoyment of our parks very seriously. We want to assure our citizens that we have taken and will continue to take every possible step to ensure the safety and well-being of our patrons. Our parks are welcoming and open to all responsible users. However, they are also a microcosm of the city and tend to reflect the very same issues. While these incidents are caused by the unfortunate actions of a few, I want to personally assure you that we will take every step to ensure that the actions of a few will not ruin the great programs we have for the many. We will continue to provide quality programming. We are very encouraged by the number of people who have called to express their care and support of our parks and programs.”

Tommy Lynch
Parks Director

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