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Old 03-03-2011, 03:33 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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It's sad that they have to lock the playgrounds at the schools to prevent vandalism, but they do that on other sides of town too. When I lived on the north side, the school playgrounds were locked up too.

I've always seen odd people at the park, whether it's the homeless sleeping in Brackenridge park, or odd teenagers in neighborhood parks. I've never had a problem in a park, when my kids were with me or otherwise. Most of the people there are doing their own thing and it's easy to ignore them.
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Old 03-03-2011, 03:36 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
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I've always seen odd people at the park, whether it's the homeless sleeping in Brackenridge park, or odd teenagers in neighborhood parks. I've never had a problem in a park, when my kids were with me or otherwise. Most of the people there are doing their own thing and it's easy to ignore them.
I supose I have a high tolerance for odd people as well; I just don't think about it. Unless I get a weird vibe from somebody (like Spider Man's Spidey sense ), then I head out. If not, I just go about my merry way.
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Old 03-03-2011, 03:42 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
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Well, I agree, but really, you should have some reasonable expectation of safety at a city park. When I was there with our daughter, there were some undesirables. It was a little rough. I did not feel exactly comfortable being there with her alone.
Undesirables abound downtown especially at Travis Park downtown. Waited for the bus there to go to classes at St. Philip's. Plenty of folks are a bit shady, sure, never got bothered or feared for my safety. I guess my level of comfort is a bit different; I grew up in the inner city West Side, went to Cuellar Park a lot, never had any issues. Dad now goes there to do a daily walk around the track, it can get quite crowded with lots of walkers and runners.
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Old 03-03-2011, 04:38 PM
 
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Well, I agree, but really, you should have some reasonable expectation of safety at a city park. When I was there with our daughter, there were some undesirables. It was a little rough. I did not feel exactly comfortable being there with her alone.

The parks system here on this side of town is severely lacking. It's disappointing. The other thing that's irksome is most elementary schools have their playscapes and swings under lock and key, so you can't go on weekends to swing with your kid. At least, at the few we tried.
Isn't that a sad reflection of the caliber of people here to have to lock up things and have police patrol? Again, being able to name many other places we've lived where the community welcomes school playground use and most neighborhoods have parks. Of course, they don't have to worry about graffiti, litter, or vandalism.
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Old 03-09-2011, 12:04 PM
 
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We moved here from California and wondered the same thing, there are very few neighborhood playgrounds for little ones. I took my little girl to the duck pond in Heritage and didn't get to stay very long. I wish there was a safer alternative. In San Diego there were alot of playgrounds and scenic walking trails, hiking was one of our favorite past times. I like San Antonio, I hope more parks and playgrounds are in the works.
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Old 03-09-2011, 12:26 PM
 
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There are always families and kids playing at the school playground in my neighborhood. We're even fortunate enough to have a skate park right next door. The kids aren't the problem so much, it's the drug dealers that **** everyone off.
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Old 03-10-2011, 07:16 AM
 
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This is an issue with ALL of San Antonio in and around 1604... People wanted suburban sprawl so badly that they didn't ask for concessions from developers (as is normal) in the form of new schools and green spaces.

Because of that, we've now got loads of stucco homes, far too few parks for a city our size and school over-crowding.



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Old 03-10-2011, 11:01 AM
 
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There is a nice and green park on Culebra/1604 that I often go to, and I hardly ever see anyone there.
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Old 03-10-2011, 11:27 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
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There is a nice and green park on Culebra/1604 that I often go to, and I hardly ever see anyone there.
Can you report back on its name? I'd like to find it on the Parks Directory online.
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Old 03-10-2011, 11:43 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Also, just behind the library at 1604/Hausman (actually just off Hausman--sorta behind the Dub Ferris stadium) is a great park that I take my daughters to. It's got a nice-sized play area (with multiple slides, climbing things and catwalks) as well as a pavilion and several park benches/tables. It's also adjacent to a fairly decent-sized field--I normally see kids/parents flying kites but I've also seen RC airplanes and an occasional soccer match.

--Dim
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