Parks Director Jack Masson chose Monday morning to keep the park closed for activities at least until another assessment can be made on when the park is safe to reopen. That assessment will be made Tuesday morning, he said.
The park was closed Saturday after two reported incidents in which park-goers were either bitten or injured by raccoons. One raccoon attack was reported this past Wednesday, April 11, 2012, and a separate raccoon incident was reported Friday afternoon.
It is not known what prompted the altercations between the raccoons and park patrons, said Parks and Recreation Director Jack Masson. “We will err on the safe side,” Masson said Sunday.
Masson said the first altercation was reported Wednesday by a woman who was eating lunch under a park pavilion. She was transported for medical treatment, but the extent of her injuries was unknown. Then, on Friday, a mother and child were on the playground when the child was reportedly bitten by a raccoon. The county Health Department was notified, which is procedure anytime a bite is reported, Masson said.