Perceptions about safety are being challenged in Vernon’s Polson Park.
Coun. Scott Anderson says he has visited the park and talked to a number of residents after hearing regularly that the landmark site is prone to criminal activity and is dangerous.
“There doesn’t seem to be a real outcry over safety during the daylight, including from single women,” he said.
“That doesn’t speak to nighttime of course and that’s a different story.”
Anderson says he plans to spend some time in the park during evening hours to get a sense of what goes on there.
In recent months, the body of a man was found in the park and three individuals are facing charges related to the matter.
In another case, a city worker was picked up and tossed over the shoulder of someone in the park.