Should Buffalo Parks Close at Sunset?

September 7, 2010 Updated Sep 7, 2010 at 9:59 PM EDT

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September 7, 2010 Updated Sep 7, 2010 at 9:59 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - According to Buffalo Common Council Member Rich Fontana, "Our parks are under attack."

Under attack by vandals and drug addicts-- Fontana says.

"There's glass, debris, little baggies that people have been using to smoke pot all night-- it's absolutely ridiculous!" Fontana told Eyewitness News.

His proposed solution:

"Currently city parks close at 10 p.m. I would like them shutdown at sunset," says Fontana.

His proposal would include most, but not all city parks.

"Some of the Olmsted Parks (Delaware, M.L.K., Front) if they want to do something and stay open later, they have extra patrols, so that can be looked at," he says.

But not everyone is on board with the idea.

Buffalo's Public Works Commissioner Steve Stepniak says it's worth discussion -- but adds sunset might be a bit too early.

"We can't punish all park users because of the actions of a few bad apples," Stepniak says.

City lawmakers and officials will discuss the details and try to strike a compromise over the next week.

The issue will be brought back up at next Tuesday's Common Council meeting at 2 p.m. where the public is welcome to weigh in.