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UPDATE: Tyler city council approves changes at P.T. Cole Park

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UPDATE: Tyler city council members voted unanimously Wednesday morning to change the hours of operation at P.T. Cole Park. The park is now open only during daylight hours. Opening and closing times are defined as "sunrise" and "sunset."


TYLER (KYTX) - Proposed changes to Tyler's P.T. Cole park after a deadly gang-related shooting nearly three months ago.

This Wednesday, the Tyler City Council will vote on an amendment to change the park's hours.

Right now, P.T. Cole park closes at midnight and opens up again to the community at 6 a.m.

At this week's city council meeting, members will consider changing the park's hours to sunset to sunrise.

There wasn't a single person at P.T. Cole Park Monday evening when we stopped by. After speaking with a woman, who lives just a couple of houses down from the park, we found out that was the new normal.

"Oh, it's not many people down there anymore and I'm glad of that," said Birdie Coleman.

Birdie Coleman has lived next door to the park for 22 years. She says people stopped coming to park after a gang-related shooting on July 30th.

20-year-old Briana Young died in the crossfire. She was at the park with her young son after nine that night.

"I feel like it needs to be closed when it gets dark," said Coleman.

The City of Tyler feels the same way. That's why an amendment is being considered to change the park hours.

Signs are already posted warning people of the "sunset-sunrise" change.

"It will be unlawful for them to enter the park after the park has closed and we will continue a greater police presence in the area," said Darryl Bowdre.

Tyler City Councilman Darryl Bowdre represents the area around P.T. Cole Park. He says the change is necessary.

"You have to remember, 50 or 60 years ago, this was South Tyler, the edge of town was probably Glenwood avenue. So, the park has evolved from a suburban park once upon a time to a truly urban park, and we have to respond accordingly," explained Bowdre.

Ms.Coleman welcomes the change. She says nothing good happens late at night.

"You can't study your lesson if you go to school. Young kids need to be at home in the bed anyway," added Coleman.

Right now, Bergfeld Park, Hillside Park and the Tyler Rose Garden are closed from sunset to sunrise.

Last Monday, the parks board reviewed this proposed ordinance and voted to recommend its approval.

Once again, the city council will make its decision this Wednesday at it's regularly scheduled meeting.

 

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