Apparently there is a City of Worcester employee who went buck wild on some West Tatnuck folks playing with their dogs “illegally” in Boynton Park. We found this post on the Preserve Our Woods: Save Newton Hill Facebook page:
On Saturday, July 4th, some unidentified folks at Boynton Park decided to “blockade” the vehicle access entrance used by the parks security staff member in his recent efforts to prevent dog owners and their pets from utilizing the field at Boynton Park. They did so by chaining the entrance and using both a decent sized boulder and part of a rotten log as additional security measures in the process.
He did not appreciate their efforts. According to eyewitnesses, this afternoon on his daily visit to kick the “miscreants” out, the parks security agent chose to drive through the chain, over the boulder, and drag the log onto the field at a fairly high rate of speed. This resulted in approximately 15 dogs chasing the vehicle, and approximately 15 owners chasing their dogs, while the staff member repeatedly drove in circles yelling about “Cascade West Siders.” He then reportedly drove back out exactly the same way he had come in: through the chain, over the boulder, and with bits of the log impaled in the truck’s grille.
An individual on scene approached the agent, who was still in his vehicle, in an attempt to calm the situation. He was reportedly hit in the hand as the staff member refused to stop or slow his vehicle in his flight from the park. Both an ambulance and the fire department arrived on the scene, as did Councilor Rosen and Councilor Palmieri. The City Manager, who is away on vacation, was also contacted by telephone. The individual is reportedly unhurt.
In an email I received tonight, District 5 City Councilor Gary Rosen wrote:
After the nasty, reckless and out-of-control actions of a parks security guard at Boynton Park this morning, I am told by the City Manager’s office and the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks that this employee has been terminated.
Also, I have been told that enforcement of the 1997 ordinance banning dogs from public parks has been suspended (at least at Boynton Park). The City Manager, who is away from the City, will review and discuss this issue upon his return.
Councilor Palmieri and I will continue to monitor the situation.
Please feel free to forward this email to other dog owners who appreciate the beauty and utility of Boynton Park.”
Alright, first of all, this park ranger is obviously insane. But I’m gonna be honest with you, I’d be pretty fucking pissed too. I mean, regardless of whether or not you agree with this ordinance, you conspired to block access to a public park with an illegal barricade. How did you think that was going to end?
Plus, it’s the 4th of July. This guy was probably dealing with morons all day. Then he goes to the nice part of town and he has to deal with West Siders and Paxtonians who impeded his ability to do his job with a Goddamn boulder and rotten logs. This was bound to happen.
But obviously there’s no excuse for his madness. We’ve all been pissed off at work before brotha. Try lifeguarding at Crompton Park for an hour. Let me know how that goes. Just focus on the fact that you’re getting paid no matter how hard you work and don’t let it bother you so much. If the West Tatnuckers were doing something illegal, then you call the cops and let them deal with it. They don’t pay you enough to care as much as you apparently do.
With that said, this ordinance is stupid. Look, dogs have to smash somewhere. That’s a fact. And if you step in dog shit, well, shit happens. Get over it. It all becomes part of the earth in a matter of days anyway.
Would you rather dogs poop on your front lawn, or in a designated park? Because honestly, it makes me cringe when I have to watch poor bastards sit there and clean up their dog’s shit when they take them for a walk.
That’s not how dog shit worked back in the 90’s. Your dog shit on the part of the grass between the sidewalk and the street. That’s why that strip of grass exists. But your dog shouldn’t shit on someone’s front lawn. I don’t know when exactly it happened, but the fact that people now have to sit there and catch their dog’s shit, or sweep it into a bag, is so demeaning that it’s un-American.
So the simple solution of course is a dog park like Boynton Park. If you’re a single guy or gal with a dog, it seems like a great way to pick up chicks or meatsticks, while you watch your dogs replenish the soil. But of course Joe Petty seems to be asleep at the wheel for this very, very simple issue. Our solution? Elect Mike Gaffney mayor and we won’t have any more dog shit fights at the Cascades. Boom. Problem solved.