Today we highlight yet another asinine attempt by government to enact a law that makes one wonder if we still live in America. The City of Kensington, Maryland has banned kids from public parks:
Public parks are usually the places where children go to have fun. But the town of Kensington just passed a new rule that bans kids over five years old from playgrounds during the daytime.
The town council unanimously passed a resolution this week saying only caretakers with children five years old and younger can be in Reinhardt Park from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Since that resolution passed, Brookewood students have gone elsewhere for recess. “We like to use the park because it’s big and we like to run around and play games,” said Basia Syski, a fifth-grade student.
The town manager says students using the park for recess created maintenance issues and damage. The town council asked the school to pay $4,000 a year to help with upkeep but never heard back.
“Do a clean through trash pickup, lay mulch around the swings — we could do that,” said McPherson. “But pay $4,000? We just don’t have it. We just don’t have it in our budget.”
Brookewood’s headmaster tells ABC 7 News it’s a public park for all too use but Kensington’s mayor disagrees. By phone he said the park is for taxpaying citizens — not abuse by a private non-profit school.
Tracy Wagner brings her toddler to the park — a park she describes as rarely used.
The last time I checked, the parents of children in private schools still have to pay taxes to a city whether or not their children receive public education. Thus, the children are, in fact, tax paying citizens by proxy. If the parents of the children allow the children to play in the park, and their caregivers (school) are willing to watch them, then what’s the problem?
We welcome your comments below, but just in case you feel like sending an email to the Mayor of Kensington or the city council, here’s the link!