Parent concerned about the safety of Keystone Heights park

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS, Fla. -- Like many recreational parks, Little Rain Lake Park in Keystone Heights is full of laughter and children during weeknights and weekends. Parent Rebecca Chapman said the park is also full of danger.

"The kids are getting hurt," she said.

Recently, her 15-year-old daughter was hurt while on the softball practice field. She believes the field is very uneven and the clay is so hard it contributed to her injury.

"She fell and hit straight down," said Chapman. "She hit her head and was very dizzy and nauseous, she wasn't sure she was knocked out, the ER doctor said she was."

Chapman took her daughter to the emergency room. She said she she was surprised to learn that there are no emergency services in the park while the children are there competing or practicing.

She said now her now, her child has loss of memory and will need to see a neurologist.

"My concern is other kids getting hurt seriously injured and nobody doing anything about it," she said.

The park is operated by the Keystone Recreation Association; after her child's experience she said she has yet to learn if there is insurance to cover the children.

"I'm so afraid somebody else is going to get hurt and it is going to be life threatening," said Chapman.

KRA Vice President Scott Andrews was in Atlanta and surprised by Chapman's comments.

"I do not feel her concerns are legitimate, said Andrews, "We have insurance on our children when they sign up. She has yet to file with us."

As for her concerns about the park being unsafe, Andrews said that is not the case.

"Her characterization of the park being unsafe is not fair and it is not true," said Andrews.

Betsy Condon is president of the KRA. She said she is not familiar enough with the situation. She said the park belongs to Clay County and the association is leasing it.

Condon said parents with a concern need to file a grievance and if a child has been injured they need to file an insurance claim.

"No grievance has been brought to the board," said Condon.

She said as far as she is concerned, the park is safe. Karen Thomas with the Clay County Board of Commissioners said someone will look into the conditions to reassure parents that the park is a safe place to play.


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