By Stephanie Diffin
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - A new proposal is aiming to keep St. Louis playgrounds safe. The plan would put restrictions on where adults can go within city parks.
Nancy Jackson works at a barber shop across the street from Fox Park in St. Louis. She says on a sunny day she likes to take a break to enjoy the park. But soon, there could be restrictions on where she's allowed to go if she doesn't have a child under the age of 12 with her.
Under the proposal, without a child, she would not be allowed to be in spots specifically designed for young kids.
"I might decide to just go over there and then I'm going to be discriminated against just because I don't have a child with me," said Jackson.
But Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia says the proposal is not about discrimination, it's about protecting kids. She says adults, who are sometimes carrying drugs or weapons, are taking over the playground at Fox Park and intimidating families. She says the proposal could help fix the problem.
"I realize it's not without controversy. In a perfect world we wouldn't have to introduce this bill," said Ingrassia. "I just think at this point in time it's a good solution to try."
But Ingrassia says she also doesn't want to get people in trouble who aren't doing anything wrong.
"I think the police are going to have to use discretion in order to figure out what's going on in certain situations," said Ingrassia.
Still, Nancy Jackson says she'd rather not second guess her trips across the street.
"I think they should find a different way," said Jackson.