One of the best things about Brisbane is the parks.
They’re everywhere, because the river tends to have a 100-year flood every 10 years.
There’s free grills, and it’s normal to just take the cooler and cook a meal at the park.
Maybe they have the same thing in New York City.
A man roasting a guinea pig in Prospect Park on Saturday morning got grilled by police after a 911 caller assumed he was an animal abuser.
Officers responded to an emergency call about someone mistreating a squirrel in the park, police said. But the suspected abuse turned out to be lunch in the making.
The man, who told DNAinfo New York he was from Ecuador, was roasting the squirrel-sized animal on a 4-foot wooden skewer over a barbecue grill near the Ninth Street entrance to the park about 9:30 a.m. The man said the animal was a guinea pig.
It’s legal to grill meat as long as it’s in one of the park’s designated barbecue areas, which was the case in this instance, an NYPD spokesman said. Police did not take any action against the man.
A child has been taken to hospital after cowpats in a park caused an E. coli O157 outbreak.
Seven people, including five children under eight, have been infected with E. coli O157 from the same park in Birmingham in recent weeks.
The Health Protection Agency said the likely cause was cowpats and rabbit droppings.
Sutton Park, in Sutton Coldfield, covers around 2,400 acres and is thought to attract around two million visitors annually.
Cows are free to roam around the park – sharing space with the public.
Designated a National Nature Reserve, the former royal deer park is included in English Heritage’s list of historic parks and gardens, and includes sites of archaeological interest.
HPA’s Dr Roger Gajraj said, “The council is increasing hand-washing facilities at the park and the city council and HPA are issuing leaflets and displaying posters to warn visitors of the risks and advise on preventative measures. … I would also advise cyclists and walkers to wash their tyres, footwear and their hands after visiting Sutton Park as an extra precaution.
Darren Share, Birmingham City Council’s head of parks said, “… we feel it is appropriate at this stage to warn parents and families of the potential risks. There are signs throughout the park.”
Wandering around Brisbane on a Saturday afternoon we came upon the splash park and beach at Southbank, close to downtown.
Sorenne did some impromptu playing, and I noticed at least three little kids running around naked. The lifeguard soon happened along and told the parents to at least put a diaper on the toddlers. I asked the lifeguard, was that to prevent little ones pooping in the splash park and he said, he didn’t know, it was just policy.
It’s a good policy.
WIS reports the Splash Pad at Drew Wellness Center is back open after being closed for nearly a month when a child was found sick with a case of the parasite cryptosporidium.
Since then, the city has revamped its procedures for keeping track of how the pad is maintained.
Ray Borders-Gray with the Drew Wellness Center, said,
"After what happened, we took a good hard look how we were doing business. The standard Operating Procedures for the Splash Pad is now written down, all staff have taken a look at it, the standards are now here on site, so if anyone has any questions about what should happen, when it should happen. …
"We are asking people to wear the proper swim attire. We want to make sure the little ones are in the diaper swim pants and we ask that people do not bring their pets to the Splash Pad."