The city is making some changes at John Jumbo Park to try to discourage rowdy late-night activity.
The city approved a short-term plan City spokesperson Cory Halvorsen explains will include giving nearby residents the option of calling city officials instead of police.
That would result in a call from city dispatch to our mobile security team,” Halvorsen notes, which will also alert city staff so they can keep track of how many complaints are coming in.
City staff say they’ll keep an eye on those reports over the next few months to decide whether to go ahead with long-term options like security cameras.
A camera system would cost the city around $10,000 to install, according to a memo to City Council.
It could also include adding a gate to keep vehicles out of the park after hours, which could cost between $3,000 and $7,000 to install and up to $1,000 yearly to staff.
City staff add they’ve asked Tbaytel to remove the free wi-fi access at the Jumbo Gardens Recreation Centre, which they feel is leading to more after-hours incidents.