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N.B. man finds human feces, broken glass in Pippy Park huts

Glen Bigney thinks Pippy Park in St. John’s has lovely walking trails and is a great place for families to visit, but he thinks park officials should keep a closer eye on some of the huts built on its grounds.

This hut at a playground in Pippy Park needs to be inspected and cleaned on a regular basis says a New Brunswick man visiting this province. — Submitted photo

The New Brunswick man, currently visiting Newfoundland and Labrador with his family as part of a business trip, was at the park Sunday when he discovered glass from broken beer bottles, litter, crude phrases marked on the walls and what he believed was human feces inside a small wooden hut.

“It got me thinking that it’s probably not (getting) adequate staff attention,” said Bigney. “It probably didn’t all happen in one day.”

Bigney was at the park with his three daughters. There was a cold wind in the air, so they decided to checkout the playground, where one of the huts is located.

“It’s an area obviously designed for kids, and other families were showing up there,” he said, making note of his concern that someone might step in the feces. “I warned one family.”

Beyond making an effort to clean the huts on a more frequent basis, Bigney suggests park officials may want to consider installing a security camera to keep an eye on them.

“These cameras could be motion sensitive. You could hook one up in a tree or something. It’s just an idea, like what I would do if it was my private property and somebody had done that. I’d try to catch them.”

Bigney’s experience Sunday did not entirely sour him on Pippy Park. He does intend to come back there with his family, adding that they love exploring St. John’s.

The Telegram contacted the Pippy Park Commission Monday, but nobody could be reached for comment.

Twitter: @TeleAndrew

Organizations: Pippy Park Commission

Geographic location: Pippy Park, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • david
    December 10, 2013 - 18:43

    First timer, eh? You get used to it.