New surveillance cameras have been installed and additional security patrols have come and gone but crime, graffiti and illegal drug use remains a problem at the Yosemite Recreation Center in Eagle Rock. What else can be done to improve safety? Some residents have proposed tearing down an H-shaped handball court – located in the center of the recreation yard – that Eagle Rock Patch describes as a “public menace.” Other residents agree, according to the Patch story:
The court, located barely 20 feet from a children’s playground that recently received a $320,000 makeover, is a popular place to play handball. But its right-angled walls also serve as a hiding place for people to drink.
“Older men use the handball court to drink on weekends,” said Morgan Coxwell, an Eagle Rock resident who lives nearby and uses the park, along with his spouse, to take their toddler out on walks
The H-shaped court could be replaced with a single wall or with a basketball court, said the story. Other possible security measures discussed at a recent meeting included more lighting, improved security cameras and new signage to make it easier to report criminal activity.