Grand Junction, Colo. (KJCT) First it was fishhooks, now thumb tacks have been found at an area park.
According to a news release from the City of Grand Junction, Wednesday morning thumb tacks were found in and around the playground area of Lincoln Park.
As KJCT News 8 first reported, two weeks ago, a Canyon View Park user claimed to have found a box of candy with fish hooks in it. A local mom told us her son picked up a candy box and found the fishhooks inside. The city says that report could not be substantiated, but acknowledges that these incidents, coupled with a disturbing national trend of these types of situations, have prompted City of Grand Junction officials to further increase safety “sweeps” in parks and to encourage park users to be extra vigilant.
Police have been notified of both incidents.
Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Director Rob Schoeber states, “Unfortunately, there are some sick people out there who do things that could potentially harm those who are most vulnerable among us – our children and pets. The double-edged sword is that drawing attention to these incidents is exactly the reward these people want, yet it is important to get the information out so the public can be watchful.”
Parks and Recreation personnel have increased their level of presence and number of safety sweeps in the parks and will continue to do so, but it is important for park users also to be aware of their surroundings. If you encounter a dangerous item in any of our parks, alert those in the area to stay away from the item, leave it where it is, and call 911.