City suspects sharp tacks scattered at Lincoln Park an intentional act

City officials are treating seriously the recent discovery of sharp tacks — likely intentionally left — around playground equipment at Lincoln Park.

That discovery Wednesday — in combination with a similar event in which a box of candy with fishhooks was allegedly left at Canyon View Park about two weeks ago — has city staff on high alert.

“We’ve got all hands on deck, in all the facilities — not only in the parks, but in all our facilities,” said Rob Schoeber, city parks and recreation director. “We’re looking out for anything suspicious.”

Normally, city parks and playground equipment are inspected by staff once a month, as required by regulation, but city staff are now combing through play areas each and every day, Schoeber said. 

“What happened (Wednesday at Lincoln Park) has taken it to another level,” he said.

The raised level of concern coincides with other similar incidents that have made national news. In April, habanero peppers were found strewn about a Jefferson County school playground, leading to the decontamination of two dozen students. Razor blades have recently been found in parks in Philadelphia and California.

About the recent discoveries at area parks, Schoeber said, “It certainly does appear intentional, and we’re treating it as intentional.”

City officials hope park users will be extra-aware of potential dangers in play areas around town, and stress if someone finds a dangerous item that they alert those in the area, to stay away and to call 911.


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