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Park Bans Children
Detail: The town of Kensington in Maryland just passed a new rule that bans kids over five years old from using a large public playground during the daytime. The resolution only allows caretakers with children five years old and younger to be in Reinhardt Park from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

This directly affects the girls at Kensington's Brookewood School, a private school, that is across the street from this public park. The girls are no longer able to use the park at recess. Since that resolution passed, Brookewood students have gone elsewhere for recess. "We like to use the park because it's big and we like to run around and play games," said Basia Syski, a fifth-grade student.

The town manager says students using the park for recess created maintenance issues and damage. The mayor feels the park is for taxpaying citizens, not for abuse by a private non-profit school. The town council asked the school to pay $4,000 a year to help with upkeep but never heard back. Brookewood's headmaster tells ABC 7 News it's a public park for all to use. The school is willing to help clean the park and put down mulch but not pay $4,000 per year for use of the park.

The girls at Brookewood say they brought life to the park, a park they now watch sit empty.

Date: November 4 2009