Disruption in Weston Skate Park Leads to Increase in Police Patrol

Noah Huff has been using the Weston Skate Park for more than two years. Recently, he's noticed that it's been a bit louder than usual.

"A lot of people have just been hanging out in the parking lot blaring their music," he said. "Sometimes the music swears a lot that they have on, and kind of messes me up when I use my scooter."

Neighbors around the skate park have complained about hearing tires squealing, cars speeding, among other disruptions. But Kalen Jari, who hangs out at the skate park time from time, said some complaints may be directed at the wrong people.

"A lot of the blame isn't necessarily the people that congregate here," he said. "There's a lot of people that drive by and they see all the vehicles here and they feel the need to kind of show off."

For Kalen, the park is like a second home.

"Everyone that I know, we all have jobs, and we work and we just have nothing to do during the day and no matter where we go it seems like everyone's trying to kick us out."

Regardless, the Weston Village Board is taking action in response to neighbor complaints, such as speed limit signs, putting a stop at the end of the parking lot, and bringing police to patrol the area.

"We have an increased presence there," Everest Metro Police Department Sergeant Terry Paterson said. "We have the officers stopping in on a regular basis and just monitoring the activity there. It's important to us because a lot of the neighbors have brought it to our attention and we always want to be responsive to the community."

For now it appears that with more police around, neighbors have less to complain about. And perhaps with more thorough discussion, more problems can be resolved.

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