On Thursday, April 29th, NPC hosted a coalition meeting on Approaches to Park Safety. Panelists from the Recreation and Park Department (RPD), San Francisco Parks Trust, SF Safe, Trust for Public Land and the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) discussed both park design treatments that enhance safety, as well as existing enforcement and information-sharing procedures, and how those might be improved.
While design alone cannot solve all of a park’s safety issues, certain treatments can help minimize the instances and fear or crime in a park. Rob Mackenzie of SF Safe discussed some of the key principles of CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design). The three main considerations for CPTED involve visibility, natural access control, and reinforced territoriality. Creating a defined space that allows for sight lines both in and out is important for enhancing a sense of safety in a park. This was reinforced by Mary Muszynski of the Trust for Public Land, who used the example of Boedekker Park (and its impending renovation) as can you buy viagra at walgreens further fodder for discussion. Other panelists offered examples of both successful design implementation, as well as areas for improvement.
In regards to enforcement, representatives from the San Francisco Police Department and the Recreation and Park Department identified the current procedure for collaborating between the two agencies. When an incident occurs in a park, SFPD officers ask any existing RPD staff on-site for cialis cialis daily information that may be useful to the investigation. The on-site RPD http://buyrealviagraonline-cheap.com/ staff are responsible for then sharing information about the incident to their supervisors, and that information then makes its way up the chain at RPD. As an additional step, cialis generic pharmacy SFPD will soon begin sharing case numbers and other reports Generic cialis online with RPD staff to ensure an adequate flow of information between the two agencies. Also, SFPD station Captains in many instances send RPD on-site staff monthly electronic newsletters that outline incidents occurring in their district, though more widespread implementation of this useful practice is needed. Finally, NPC will begin sending SFPD Captains genericcialisonline-rxnow monthly ParkScan reports, so that they can be aware of issues such as graffiti and other vandalism in their area’s parks.
The discussion on park safety will continue with all cialis generic online agencies and stakeholders involved. Ensuring that information is exchanged between these stakeholder groups, including park groups, is an important first step. Make sure that your park group is connected to all the agencies that affect park safety at your park!
Click here for the meeting minutes.