Some social media users were outraged by a post that said unauthorized use of Plano’s Carpenter Park could lead to criminal prosecution.
Plano Police released a Parks and Recreation Department comment stating: “We have received reports of people jumping over the fence to gain access to the Carpenter Park sports fields. Please be aware that individuals attempting to gain access to these restricted areas may be subject to criminal trespass charges by the Plano Texas Police Department.”
The announcement also confirms the Parks Department’s position that limiting use helps eliminate wear and tear and the need for costly repairs.
“Carpenter Park is intended for the planned use of local sports organizations and the general public for games and training in a variety of sports,” the statement said.
One public respondent wrote in a post that it was “very stupid to send this threat to Plano taxpayers.”
Another commenter stated that in 2020 or 2021, her daughter wanted to roll a ball around the lawn for five minutes for a science project. She was told it would cost $100 because, according to her parents, the parks are only rented by the hour.
“She didn’t use lawn in her project,” the parent wrote.
A series of comments prompted a response from the police department, which said, “Damn, you are so angry today. We are just a messenger.”
In recent weeks, the Plano City Council has examined the level of demand for the city’s parks and recreation reservation program. City leaders were also looking for ways to offer the general public greater accessibility.
In December, the city council learned from park officials that 96 percent of the reservations are reserved for leagues and 4 percent are reserved for reservations by the public.