In Plymouth, Morton Park is 100 acre town park with a lovely pond; it’s a little pocket of nature’s paradise and has long been a favorite of residents. But since it was discovered by non-residents about ten years ago it has become a place to party big-time. In response to continued abuse of the park by these folks, the Friends of Morton Park was established. Now the Friends have sponsored a petitioned article asking the town to approve funding for additional police security on weekends during the season.
Gil Freeman is spokesperson for the Friends of Morton Park. He says many of the people who crowd the park on holidays and weekends, park outside the grounds and carry their supplies into the park, pushing wagons and even strollers stocked with alcoholic beverages, while the children walk alongside.
“They didn’t come here just to eat. They come here to eat and drink and they pretty much have their way down there because nobody seems to bother them—and they can hoop and holler and play loud music, make all sorts of noise, trash the place and then leave.”
Article 36 requests that town meeting authorize $30,000 for a two-year trial period to fund weekend police officers and a park ranger with enforcement authority –the enforcement part is essential Freeman says:
“It’s a public nuisance and a safety issue that comes in because they’re swimming and doing this other stuff under the influence, and the only way to stop that is to enforce the no-drinking rule.”
And you need the police for that:
“You need someone with authority-and the police is what we’re looking for.”
Town Meeting begins at Plymouth North High School tomorrow, Saturday, April 5th. at 8 a.m.