Schuyler City Council members voted last week to close South Park from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. each night in an effort to deter illegal activity there.
Police Chief K.C. Bang said local residents have reported potentially criminal activity at the park during the late-night hours.
“There have been multiple calls to the station about underage drinking and a lot of congregations of other unlawful activities in South Park,” Bang said, "all of which is not what the parks board wants the city to imagine the park being used for."
Bang recommended the 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. ban "to control the problem and make sure the park is safe for everyone.”
“If an individual is under the age of 16, their curfew is at 10 at night,” the police chief said.
Bang wanted the park closing time to coincide with this curfew.
“There is plenty of time during the day to enjoy the park,” he said. “It’s really a safety issue for the overall area of the park and we feel that people are not going to be enjoying the park at that time of night as they should be.”