Park and Rec Board to Discuss New Ordinance That Would Close All City Parks Hour Earlier

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According to Dallas City Code, all but three city parks are closed from midnight till 5 a.m. (The exceptions -- Barnes Bridge Park, Bachman Creek Greenbelt and William B. Dean Park -- close at 10 p.m.) But according to a proposal the Park and Rec Board will consider Thursday, that's set to change: Assistant Park Director Barbara Kindig has been working with the board's Administration and Finance Committee for more than a year on an ordinance rewrite that would close all parks an hour earlier -- 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Violators face a $165 fine, for starters.

I've left a word for Kindig and will update accordingly, but per Willis Winters, also a Park and Rec assistant director and someone not directly involved in the proposal, part of this stems from a "push from neighborhoods to move the curfew up" -- and, indeed, the new ordinance would be in keeping with the city's nighttime curfew, which keeps the under-17s indoors starting at 11 p.m. on weekday nights. Plus, ya know, that's one less hour for people to spend tossing out trash that won't get picked up for a few extra days per Mary Suhm's proposed budget.

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