Pilot Parks Watch program launched in Eastbridge
(Waterloo, ON – April 27, 2010) The City of Waterloo and the Eastbridge Neighbourhood Association are launching a pilot project called Parks Watch to help keep its greenspaces safe.
Set to run from May to October 2010, this program encourages neighbours to keep an eye on the greenspaces in Eastbridge, and to call the Waterloo Regional Police Service if they see or hear anything suspicious.
“The parks and greenspaces in Eastbridge are fun places to visit – there are always lots of families and friends gathered there,” said Cindy Watkin, the chairperson of the Eastbridge Neighbourhood Association, adding there have been some reported cases of vandalism – including graffiti and broken glass – in that area recently.
“As a Neighbourhood Association, we have worked very hard to develop a positive sense of spirit and community pride, and inappropriate or illegal activities are unacceptable. We would like to foster common respect for all residents and neighbours, and I believe this program is an excellent way to do that and to keep our community safe.”
Parks Watch is an easy program to participate in. Neighbours should call 911 – the police’s emergency number – to report a crime in progress (such as graffiti or vandalism), a serious medical condition or injury that requires immediate response or a fire. Meanwhile, they should call the non-emergency number – 519-653-7700 – to report a crime that is no longer in progress or lost and found articles, and to make parking and noise complaints. General parks maintenance inquiries can be made by calling 519-886-2310.
Residents should be prepared to answer a number of questions when they call the police, including details on what’s happening, who’s involved and what kind of vehicle they’re driving. A complete list of questions, as well as more information on Parks Watch, is available on the city’s website at www.waterloo.ca.
“I’m thrilled that we’re moving ahead with Parks Watch. Eastbridge is a wonderful place to live and play – and we want it to stay that way,” said Coun. Diane Freeman. “If this program is a success, it may be implemented in other locations in the future.”
Parks Watch is intended to complement the Neighbourhood Watch program.
There will be an open house to launch the program on May 4, 2010, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at RIM Park in the Forbes Hall. For more information, please contact Linda Vandenakker at 519-747-8788 or firstname.lastname@example.org .