Some Lexington Parks Becoming Hot Spots for Crime

By: Mark Kennedy Email
By: Mark Kennedy Email

They're supposed to be places for your kids to play or for you to excercise at or just enjoy, but some Lexington parks are becoming hot spots for crime. From aggravated assaults to sex offenses, Lexington police responded more than one hundred times in the last year to three specific parks.

Valley park on Cambridge drive saw police responding for Assaults and drug related activity. Castlewood park off of Bryan Avenue had the second most police calls, mostly for trespassing, sex offenses and disorderly people. Finally, Woodland park off of East High Street had the most reports of crimes being committed. Police reports show they responded for assaults, drug and alcohol activity and disorderly people.

Most of these reported crimes are occurring late at night when it is dark and when there shouldn't be anyone in the parks.

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  • by concerned Location: lexington on Nov 10, 2008 at 01:20 PM
    I grew up going to Jacobson park and enjoying myself with others playing volley ball and throwing frisbies.People walked around the park for exercise and rode bicycles.You never had to worry about crime. Now after I moved away for six years then came back I rode my motorcycle around the park and when I went to the back of the park where we always gathered I could not believe my eyes. There was about 200 Hispanics sitting on the grass and on top of their cars.They looked at me as to say what the h--l are you doing in our park. So it is no wonder that crime has gone up because I did not see one cop car or bicycle cop. We need stronger illegal alien laws or someone to enforce them better in Lexington.
  • by Steve Location: Lexington on Nov 10, 2008 at 12:57 PM
    I'm pretty sure that was filmed during the day! Little kids don't use the swing set after dark. Dusk is not night time.
  • by k Location: lexington on Nov 10, 2008 at 10:01 AM
    Yes Kelly, you are right. But if the powers that be, would let the police do their job, things might be different.
  • by Kelly Location: KY on Nov 8, 2008 at 09:55 PM
    They're just now finding out that Valley Park isn't safe? It's been like that for at least 15 years. You see signs that say park closes at dark, but everyone knows that a police car may drive by once during a shift, if at all.
  • by Dave Location: Garden Springs on Nov 8, 2008 at 01:05 PM
    What about Cardinal Run Park, or as I call it the new Jacobson park on the south side. They leave the shelters open at night for every keibler elf (think about it a minute) to do thiet thing. God forbid that I ride my bicycle thru the park after dark. I actually got pulled over by the police`for riding my bicycle in Cardinal Run Park an night. I guess I was lucky that I was not shot by that nut across the street that lives in the city owned house thats always discharging a firearm within city limits. I guess if you work for the city you can do anything you want without fear of jail time
  • by Ralph on Nov 8, 2008 at 04:15 AM
    What happened, did they catch some one smoking."O" My God. its really bad; call a swat team "now".
  • by Where's the Beef? Location: Central KY on Nov 7, 2008 at 02:52 PM
    Yet another waste of time from Mr. Kennedy and the State's Most Experienced Newsteam. Were these people shown in your story charged with Trespassing or other crimes? How do I know you actually took those pictures after the park closed? Why were you in the park doing your on camera ego shot? You being there is also a crime. It is a real hoot watching 27 Fantasy First just filling time before the next pointless UK Athletics story, or hard hitting investigation. Where's the Beef?
  • by Get a real story on Nov 7, 2008 at 11:35 AM
    Oh my god, was someone BBQ in a park after dark. Someone call the cops
  • by len Location: lexington on Nov 7, 2008 at 08:08 AM
    the parks need to be patroled and parents need to be aware of where their children are. most of these crimes are from teenage hoodlums that have no supervision... that's why there is no place you can take small children anymore and be in a safe enviroment. tell me again why the city wastes money on things like this???
  • by Sam Location: Lex on Nov 7, 2008 at 07:39 AM
    Clean 'em up or close 'em up!
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