INWOOD, NY (PIX11)—One new popular Inwood playground is being bombarded on a daily basis by foul balls from the ball field next door.
The Indian Playground, inside Inwood Hill Park, is an accident waiting to happen, some parents believe.
They fear their children could get hurt by the constant overhead hazards. "My husband got grazed in his arm by a fastball the other day. Thank goodness he didn't have our two-year-old in his arms," said Ann Colby.
PIX11 News notified Council Member Robert Jackson's office about the problem. "If there are, in fact, several balls going over the fence, that needs to be addressed immediately," said Jackson.
A fence already divides the ball field from the new playground but some parents say it's not high enough. "It should be higher, it's a simple solution," said Greg Fuchs, who was having a picnic in the playground with his three-year-old son, Lucas.
The Parks Department tells PIX11 News it promises to send a staffer to the playground next week to evaluate the situation and estimate how much installing a new higher fence would cost the City.
"It's worth the investment. It's the safety of our kids," said Maria Ortiz, an Inwood mother and teacher.