Police Lock Up Playground Until Further Notice

SHAMOKIN — There are no children swinging, sliding or playing basketball at the Shamokin Street Playground. Instead, there is a padlock on the gate. Because of graffiti and property damage, the Shamokin Police Department recently shut down the playground until further notice.

“The city invests so much money into the playground projects and the kids just don’t respect it at all,” Officer Nathan Rhodes said.

Shamokin Police Officer Nathan Rhodes says several teenagers were cited over the summer for fighting at the Shamokin Street Playground. Police say the graffiti and property damage got worse, so earlier this month they closed the playground to everyone.

“I don’t think it should be closed totally, I think there should be some kind of compromise,” Lori Masser said.

Lori Masser said her son likes to play basketball at the playground.

“Now that it’s closed, he can’t go up there and play anymore with his friends so it’s really disappointing in that respect,” Masser said.

Other parents disagree.

“It’s all hours of the night. They cut holes in fences. Destroy the place,” Jennifer Krushinskie said.

Jennifer Krushinskie calls the playground “out of control”.

“A lot of things go on over there that shouldn’t go on. I think it’s a good idea they shut it down,” Krushinskie said.

Police say something similar happened here a few years ago. This used to be a skatepark but it closed for the same reasons. Police say it never reopened.

“We sold off the equipment, due to we had a fence around the area, they tore the fence down,” Rhodes said.

Police say they hope to reopen the Shamokin Street Playground in the spring. Jennifer Krushinskie believes the crime will come back.

“I’ve been here eight years so I know it’s going to happen again,” Krushinskie said.

Shamokin police say anyone caught inside the playground while it’s closed will be prosecuted. If you have any information on who vandalized the Shamokin Street Playground you are asked to call police.

6 comments

  • LM

    a playground is not meant to be a babysitter for your kids….. I live by one for almost 31 years and I can tell you this, NO ONE is watching the kids but the neighbors and when you try to tell the parents they tell you to mind your own business! Really??? As a taxpayer of this city, it IS my business when your child defaces the property I helped pay for!!! Call the police when you see something going down…. The parents have lost all control or they just don’t care…..

  • cheryl

    The kids in Shamokin have no respect for anything because there parents don’t teach them the right way. These kids will curse you what happened to respect your elders and other peoples property. These are the same kids that use to hang out at the skate park they ruined that and now they ruined the playground. Come on parents teach your kids some respect.

  • Matt

    How is it the police dept decision to close the park? Does the town have a parks dept? Also your going to use a fight in the summertime as a reason to close the park? Kids fight is happens if it doesn’t happen at the park it will happen somewhere else. Because of a few incidents make everyone suffer. Like throwing the baby out with the bath water.

  • Faith

    Ft discovery in sunbury and kidsgrove in Selinsgrove are all under video surveillance. I know it isn’t as big, but it should only need one or 2 cameras up out of reach and a sign or 2 warning would be vandals they are being watched. Seems like it would save money in the long run and make sure vandals pay the price for future damage.

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