KC city leaders to cast vote on curfew for metro trails, parks - KCTV5

KC city leaders to cast vote on curfew for metro trails, parks

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This would mean trails like Indian Creek Trail would open at 5 a.m., and close at midnight. (KCTV5) This would mean trails like Indian Creek Trail would open at 5 a.m., and close at midnight. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

City leaders in will vote Thursday on a way to make Kansas City's trails safer.

City council members plan to vote to enforce a curfew for trails and parks throughout the city.

This would mean trails like Indian Creek Trail would open at 5 a.m., and close at midnight.

The push for change comes after four murders happened along the trail over the past year.

The latest, a local restaurant owner named Mike Darby, was killed along the trail in May.

City leaders hope a curfew would keep people out of the parks and keep them from causing trouble.

"There's just nothing good happening in parks in the wee hours of the morning," said John Sharp of the South Kansas City Alliance. "It's appropriate that we join the other surrounding cities and have reasonable closing hours."

On Wednesday, the plan won unanimous approval by the City Council’s Neighborhoods and Public Safety Committee. The approved plan differs from a plan previously discussed by the council.

The new plan would bump the curfew back an hour, compared to the previous plan. The first plan included only eight parks but the new plan would cover all Kansas City 221 parks.

Council members took into consideration input from people in the audience and from local neighborhood associations.

Some say the curfew is a good idea. But, others don’t think the curfew will be enough and want more patrols and cameras installed along Kansas City trails and in parks.

"KCPD is already spread too thin," said Hana Thomas of the Marlborough East Neighborhood Association. "Now that they'll have a reason to pursue anyone in a park after hours. How is putting park hours and creating more work for our KCPD officers a solution to this problem?"

Cameras have already been installed throughout the Jackson County side of Indian Creek Trail.

Thursday's vote will direct the City Manager, the Board of Parks and Recreation and other entities who worked to develop the plan.

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