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Dinosaur Hill Park Gate

Oct 03, 2016 01:38PM ● By Jennifer Neys

Dinosaur Hill Park Gate

The Recreation and Park District is working to curb ongoing vandalism at Dinosaur Hill Park off Taylor Boulevard in Pleasant Hill. The park has been a destination for picnics, hiking, and taking in the views of Mt. Diablo, but for many years has also been marred by graffiti and garbage. 

The Rec and Park is looking for a long-term solution to the problem, and according to Zac Shess, Rec and Park board member, the district spends about $5,000 in staff time to clean up the park over a six-month period. He stated, “It was recommended by staff and then the PH Police Dept. and PH Rec and Park District Board of Directors voted unanimously to install a gate across the entrance of the small parking lot off of Taylor Blvd. and close and lock that gate from dusk to dawn.” Shess says the gate has been ordered and will come at a cost of about $3,500. It will be installed sometime this month. “We will place notifications at the park to make sure visitors are aware that the gate will close. Rec and Park staff will open it in the morning, and we plan to hire a security firm to close and lock the gate at night. If there are cars still in the driveway, they will be asked to do a quick sweep of the park to let visitors know that the parking lot will soon be locked up,” he added. Although installing a gate to the small parking will not prevent people from visiting after hours on foot, the district believes this solution will mitigate a large majority of the ongoing problem. 



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