Council after poop smearers
Father suspects teens
Aotea parents are concerned after a mystery poop smearer has been targeting park slides.
The poopertrater has struck three times in the past two weeks, twice at the Aotea Jasmine Underhill Reserve and once at Aotea Lagoon.
Stay- at- home father of four Mike Algar lives two minutes from Jasmine Underhill Reserve and takes his boys there most days.
‘‘A lot of kids go to that park,’’ he said.
‘‘I’m sure they [Porirua City Council] clean it up properly, but still, you wouldn’t want kids getting sick because they went on a slide.’’
He has lived there for six years and had never previously had a problem at the park.
He suspected it was teenagers being stupid.
‘‘It’s not nice. Obviously they think it’s funny or something. It can’t be someone who has kids.’’
Porirua City Council leisure assets and services contracts manager Bill Inge said the council were hoping to catch the poop smearer, who appeared to strike at night.
‘‘It’s someone being crafty. It’s a strange thing to do, but there are strange people around,’’ he said.
‘‘We don’t want it to become a habit.
‘‘When you take your kids to the park you want them to be safe.’’
Inge encouraged people to call in if they saw anything and said council was quick to respond and would clean it as soon as it was daylight.
‘‘We think it’s dog [poop], but without spending a lot of money we can’t tell for sure.’’
He said council checked playgrounds once a week, but the extra work caused by the offender was costing ratepayers money.
– Bill Inge
Stink situation: Brayden, left, and Brody Algar with their father Mike at the slide in Aotea.