Half Moon Bay Park community questions lack of lighting
Community association says 2 children beat up in unlit park on Monday
Parents and the local community association want more lighting at Half Moon Bay Park in Barrhaven after two children were allegedly beat up in an unlit area on Monday evening.
Sean Cusson lives near the park and said he knows two boys, aged nine and 11, who were allegedly punched by a group of teenagers on Monday evening.
However, Cusson said the four-year-old park is unlit at night so he's joining the Half Moon Bay Community Association in calling for more lighting.
"You can get away with stuff if it's dark," he said.
"So if there's lighting, my hope and the hope of a lot of other people is that someone would think twice before doing something like that because they'll be seen."
Lighting may make things worse
Barrhaven Coun. Jan Harder said what happened to the boys is upsetting, but she argued lighting isn't the answer.
She said the city and police did a safety study of the park when it opened, which said the park is so big, it wouldn't be safe to put in lights along its paths.
"Well-lit areas create very dark areas elsewhere and actually contribute to more criminal activity," she said.
Harder said what happened Monday is an isolated incident and people living in the area should work more closely with police and community watch to stop these kinds of things from happening.
Ottawa police said the two boys have minor injuries and they're investigating the incident. No charges have been laid.