HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Want to hang out at the playgrounds in Hollywood’s parks?
Soon, you might need to bring a kid along.
On Wednesday, Hollywood commissioners are expected to approve new rules that would require anyone over age 12 who enters city-owned playgrounds to be in the company of a child younger than 13.
Commissioner Kevin Biederman says Hollywood has been getting complaints for months about homeless people and amorous teens taking over some of the city’s playgrounds.
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Signs notifying the public of the new rules would be posted at the entrance to each of Hollywood’s 40 playgrounds by the end of January, says city spokeswoman Raelin Storey.
Violators would face a fine up to $500 and/or up to 60 days in jail.
The signs will help the city’s police and code-enforcement officers persuade people who don’t belong in the playground to move along, Storey said.
“Our parks are for everyone,” she said. “But playground equipment is for the children.”
Police Chief Frank Fernandez says the new rules will also help safeguard the city’s playgrounds from sex offenders.
“We are not looking to go out and arrest individuals — although it is an arrestable offense,” he told commissioners in December. “Right now, we can’t tell them to leave. If we pass this ordinance, we will be able to tell them to leave.”
Miami Beach, San Francisco and New York City have passed similar bans, citing the need to keep playgrounds safe for children.