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Bay Roberts to address loitering issue at recreation complex parking lot

The parking lot by the soccer pitch at the Wilbur Sparkes Recreation Complex is attracting lots of noisy evening visitors, according to a town councillor.
The parking lot by the soccer pitch at the Wilbur Sparkes Recreation Complex is attracting lots of noisy evening visitors, according to a town councillor. - Courtesy of Google Street View
BAY ROBERTS, N.L. —

The Town of Bay Roberts' recreation committee will explore what measures can be taken to address loitering at the Wilbur Sparkes Recreation Complex.

Bay Roberts Coun. Frank Deering.
Bay Roberts Coun. Frank Deering.
Bay Roberts Coun. Geoff Seymour.
Bay Roberts Coun. Geoff Seymour.

Coun. Frank Deering raised the matter at the  Sept. 24 regular meeting, recounting a situation he came across the previous Friday. The councillor was out for a walk about 10 p.m. that evening and found approximately 20 vehicles in a parking lot by the soccer pitch, nearby a number of homes.

"There was about 20 vehicles, all around in a circle," he told fellow council members. "About three pick-up trucks with lawn chairs up in the back, tailgates down, music blowing. The b'ys were having a tailgate party. And that's right in front of houses with people who've got kids there trying to get to sleep."

Deering got their attention as he started to take a photo.

"I said, 'Guys, I was a partier, too, once, but I never partied in neighbourhoods.' He said, 'We're only having a draw, man.'"

Deering contacted police. An officer later followed up with him, saying everyone was gone by the time they arrived on the scene.

Deering said council needs to find a way to prevent these incidents from happening. His colleague, Coun. Geoff Seymour, suggested a gate cutting off access in the evening and overnight would do the job.

"Permanent gates. Swing them open in the morning, and when staff come at 5 p.m., they close them up," Seymour said.

Mayor Philip Wood said getting rid of the parking area would not be an option, but the installation of a gate could solve the problem. The town could also consider installing concrete pillars there once recreation activities around the complex slow down, he added. The town did so last winter and removed them earlier this year in anticipation of increased activity there.

Council agreed to refer the matter to the town's recreation committee. Back in June, recreation director Ian Flynn brought forward his concerns to council about people in vehicles loitering around the Wilbur Sparkes Recreation Complex. Broken beer bottles were found on the rubberized surface early in the summer and some fencing was damaged. At that time, a request was put in with Bay Roberts RCMP to increase patrols in the area. At the time, he said the town was looking at getting cameras to set up at the complex.

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