Woman says fish hooks were on slide at local park

By: Amy Lipman Email
By: Amy Lipman Email

ORCHARD MESA, Colo. Another report of sharp objects on a Grand Valley playground came in this weekend, making it the third reported incident of its kind in the past month for this area.

Jasmine Niederkruger said her 11-year-old nephew brushed his finger against a slide at Lynwood Park on Orchard Mesa Saturday and ended up cutting it on a fish hook.

"It was sitting straight up, so if a kid was to go down the slide, they would've just cut their leg open," Niederkruger said.

She said her husband then found three more fish hooks taped to the same slide Sunday.

Although parks crews haven't seen any dangerous objects themselves, Mesa County Parks and Facilities maintains Lynwood Park and it's teaming up with the Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Department to increase safety patrols from 2-3 days a week to every day.

"We are taking these reports very seriously and we're working with the city of Grand Junction and see if we can find out who's doing this. It's just unbelievable that somebody would want to hurt our children like that," said Greg Linza, for Mesa County Parks.

Parents should visually check playground equipment and mulch before their children play. They can also get onto the equipment with young children to spot any dangers that might be in their child's path.

If anybody does find a suspicious object, call 911 to report it immediately and warn others in the area.


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