Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Police, Parks & Crime Stoppers team to Reduce Vandalism in a West Boise Park

            Boise, April 26, 2012 - Reports to Boise Police of vandalism and other problems in Redwood Park have increased dramatically in the past two years. Despite extra patrols by officers,Redwood Park neighbors continue to call police reporting problems including vandalism, suspicious activity and juveniles in the park past curfew.

 "Redwood Park is a beautiful park where people come to enjoy themselves. It's a shame that some through their actions have lost respect for that vision," said Boise Police Neighborhood Contact Officer Kelly Montoya.

"Our goal is to take a pro-active approach to these ongoing problems, using a variety of resources while working hand in hand with neighbors tokeep the park a safe, welcoming place for family and friends to enjoy." said Officer Montoya.

Redwood Park- 2010 & 2011

  • 2675 N Shamrock Ave.
  • 152 calls for police service.
  • More than $6,000 vandalism damage.

Majority of calls for police service include:

  • Suspicious Vehicles
  • Suspicious Persons & Juvenile Problems (curfew is midnight to 5:00 a.m)
  • Drug activity
  • Vandalism including graffiti, damaged trees and playground equipment, gargage and miscellaneous items being dumped into the pond. A motorcycle was found discarded in the pond last weekend.
  • Assaults
  • Illegal Shooting, primarily at the ducks that frequent the park's pond

Neighborhood Contact Officer Montoya has met with nearby residents about plans to combat what residents see as problems in the park. Those plans include starting a Neighborhood Watch, enlisting other city resources like Parks, School Resource and patrol officers in discussions, educating neighbors about being watchful for suspicious activity and ensuring suspicious activity is immediately reported to police.


Crime Stoppers:

To reduce these incidents, officers are urging anyone with information on who may be behind destructive and illegal activities in the park to contact Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers offers a reward of up to $1,000 is offered by Crime Stoppers for information leading to the arrest of criminal suspects involved in activities like those described above. A citizen can remain anonymous. Contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, or log onto www.343cops.com, or text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236.

About Redwood Park:

Redwood Park is a 7-acre neighborhood park located near Ustick Road between North Five Mile and Cloverdale in West Boise. The park features open green space, a walking path, fishing pond, picnic benches and a playground. The playground was completed in 2007 with funds provided by the Mayor's Neighborhood Reinvestment Grant program.

The park was purchased by Boise City in 1994 from Cloverdale Nursery with the understanding that the land would be developed into a neighborhood park. This park is one of seven sites selected for a one-year dog off-leash pilot program in the City of Boise. A section of the park has been designated for off-leash use during specified hours.  

Fore more, go to: http://www.cityofboise.org/Departments/Parks/ParksAndFacilities/Parks/page16113.aspx