I'm a senior at Richland High School, and I live in West Richland. It has come to my attention that the playground attached to William Wiley Elementary School apparently is not open to the public. Several of my friends and I were playing on the toys around 9 o'clock one evening when a police officer stopped us, took our IDs, ran background checks and told us to leave.
When we asked what we had done wrong, so as to avoid a repeat offense, he informed us that we were loitering. Apparently, as soon as school gets out, the playground is closed to the public. Only children who attend that school are allowed to use it during school hours.
This seems ludicrous to me. Local taxpayers pay to build the playground. I feel they should have the right to use it. Can the playground not be open to the public and have a curfew similar to other parks? Why should the public pay for a playground it cannot use?
JAMES GRAFF, West Richland