Special to the Press
BRISTOL - A fight between two women at Rockwell Park on Tuesday that was shared on social media was brought up at the Board of Parks Commissioners meeting Wednesday night.
“It gave Bristol a black eye. It’s bad enough men are fighting there all the time, but women getting into a hair-puller and punching each other - I think it’s pretty disgusting,” said Lenny Lamothe, who worked for the parks department for 18 years and is now retired.
The video shows a group of about six females arguing for several minutes before they begin attacking one another in the roundabout area of the parking lot.
The fight lasts for about 40 seconds before it dies down.
“I think the park and city have to get together and curb this, because it’s April right now and it’s going to be a war zone in July and August with all the kids,” said Lamothe.
Years ago, there was a security guard at Rockwell Park to police individuals when they got out of hand, which is still occurring, sometimes at one o’clock in the morning, explained Lamothe.
“We have to coordinate with the police department and hope things calm down,” said Robert Fiorito who sat in for interim Parks Department Superintendent Ed Swicklas. “It’s a testament to our society to put a fight on social media, and not call the police.”
City council member Jodi Zils Gagne agreed that the city needs to find it in the budget to assign a park ranger to the area. She suggested allocating the resource officer from the high school to the park during the summer and school vacations.
A request by Bristol Youth Services to place purple ribbons on Memorial Boulevard for the last three weeks of May to recognize Prevention Awareness Month and reduce the amount of underage kids that use drugs and alcohol, was also addressed during the meeting.
The board approved the BYS’s request but recommended they work in coordination with the veterans council, because Memorial Boulevard is a tribute to veterans and they have a large say in what goes on there.
After a petition with 23 signatures was submitted, a request by pickle ball players to designate a pickle-ball court at the Shrub Road tennis courts was referred to the committee to look at short-term and long-term solutions.
The tennis courts on Memorial Boulevard are a good option for pickle-ball courts explained the players, because the tennis nets can be used and only new lines must be drawn, but patching is needed on the courts.