Brian Murphy, Fred Leidemer

Brian Murphy and Fred Leidemer held a news conference on Sept. 27, to publicly ask why nothing had been done about a golfer who has been using Moncton's Victoria Park as a driving range. (CBC)

A lawyer and former mayor of Moncton is questioning why the city still hasn't passed a bylaw outlawing golf and other dangerous sports in city parks.

A woman in Victoria Park was almost hit by a golf ball in recent weeks.

Brian Murphy says Fredericton and other cities across the country have already enacted bylaws to prevent such incidents.

"The city better, you know, do something in the next few weeks because it's very simple to amend a bylaw — three readings, takes six weeks," he said. "I think this could easily be done."

"We're not writing a charter for the United Nation human rights here. It's quite simple, should be done, the people are expecting it."

City studying issue

A spokesperson for the City of Moncton says officials are still studying the issue.

Last month, Murphy and Fred Leidemer held a news conference at Victoria Park to publicly ask why the city had not done anything about the so-called "Park Golfer," who had been using the park as a driving range.

It was Leidemer's wife who was almost hit by a golf ball. Leidemer, 65, says he confronted the rogue golfer and ended up with a broken arm and missing tooth.

Mike Delahunt crashed the news conference, identifying himself as the Park Golfer and saying he didn't feel he was doing anything wrong.

Delahunt was arrested and is facing a charge of assault causing bodily harm in connection with an altercation at Victoria Park.

Murphy says area residents are worried.

"I have lots of people from the park contacting me, telling me the [golfer] is back in the park and they want some action. And they're very reasonable people," he said.

Fredericton's manager of parks and trees, Don Murray, says people still try to hit golf balls in the city's parks, despite the bylaw.

But they quickly learn not to, he said.

"When we do see them, we approach them and tell them there's a bylaw in place," said Murray. "And if they give us a little bit of grief, the city police will respond and issue a fine."