City Considering Park Safety Improvements

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Lynn Johnson, the Director of Lincoln Parks and Recreation, says that within a couple weeks he hopes to get together with City Impact and LES to walk around Peter Pan Park during the evening to pick out spots where lights would be most beneficial. Johnson has hopes that lights can be put up sometime this year, the sooner the better.

City impact, which is a group centered around building a better community, is already had plans to construct a new building just North of the park. That building is scheduled to be complete in about year. Johnson says that new building could be used as a location for cameras that would look out over the park.

Joshua Fernandez is a friend of Jarvis Long, the 27 year old who was murdered at the park just two weeks ago, since Long was murdered Fernandez has been raising awareness to try and bring changes to the park.

Shortening park hours is also something Parks and Rec is considering. Johnson says shortening hours has helped with crime at other parks around town.

At Peter Pan Park lights would be strategically placed so that families living around the park could see at night and would be able to alert police to any suspicious activity. As of now the park is completely dark at night.