Harmon Field considers earlier daily closing time

Published 8:05 pm Monday, December 13, 2010

Harmon Field officials discussed the possibility of closing the park earlier during their most recent meeting.

Options on the table include closing the park at 10 p.m. instead of the current 11 p.m.

Harmon Field Parks and Recreation Supervisor George Alley said the park has historically had issues with vandalism, with the vast majority of incidents occurring at night.

He said hed love to see the park close even earlier than 10 p.m., but recognizes there are people who like to walk after dark, especially in the summer months.

Harmon Field stayed open 24 hours a day, seven days a week until recent years when vandalism caused the Harmon Field board to approve closing the park at night effective Dec. 1, 2007. The board considered at that time installing surveillance cameras to protect against vandalism.

Alley said closing the park earlier would hopefully cut down further on vandalism and inappropriate activity, as well as make it easier for police to patrol the park.

The Harmon Field Board of Supervisors may also consider making the park a non-smoking facility.

The Harmon Field Board of Supervisors currently meets on the first Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Harmon Field cabin. The meetings will return to the regular schedule of the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. sometime next year.