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Alderwoman Wants to Ban Some Adults from City Playgrounds

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St. Louis Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia. Photo: KMOX

St. Louis Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia. Photo: KMOX

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) - Keeping city parks safe for kids. That’s the goal of a plan before the Board of Aldermen that would restrict some adults from hanging around park playgrounds.

The bill introduced by southside Alderman Christine Ingrassia, says some city park playgrounds are being overtaken by adults who shouldn’t be around kids.

“Lots of times they’re doing drugs or selling drugs, they might be drinking alcohol,” Ingrassia told KMOX.

“However, when police drive by or residents call in there may not be a level of suspicion where the police are able to stop and search these individuals,” she added.

The plan would ban adults from city park playgrounds and ball fields only, unless they are accompanying a child age 12 or younger.

Ingrassias says her bill is not meant to target the homeless or minorities, but she expects a healthy debate about fairness and discrimination.

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