Greencastle parents worried after finding needles in local park

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GREENCASTLE, Ind (Sep. 30, 2015)-- Some parents in Greencastle are concerned after finding hypodermic needles in a local park.

The chief of the Greencastle Police Department says they removed a needle from Robe Anne Park on Sunday. Two needles have been reported by citizens and discarded by police.

Sarah, a Greencastle resident, regularly takes her 2-year-old son to the park.  On Wednesday, she played on the playground and watched skateboarders with her son by her side.

"It's a beautiful park and we love to take our kids here. It's a big part of the community," she said.

However, it's what Sarah found in her community park that has raised sharp concern.

"I've seen needles, a few needles on the ground and it seems like it started this summer," said Sarah.

Sarah says she’s come across used hypodermic needles in the park. She provided FOX59 with a picture of a needle found near a park trash can.

"My son is two and he wants to touch everything. I want to be able to play with him and I don't want to be looking on the ground for needles," she said.

"We have not received any reports of abandoned or improperly disposed of needles in Robe Ann Park," said Rod Weinschenk, director of parks and recreation for the city of Greencastle.

However, Greencastle Police say they responded to the log cabins near the entrance of the park on Sunday to remove a used needle.

Weinschenk said earlier in the summer there was a report of a needle found right outside the park, but these newly raised concerns come as a surprise.

"It's always a concern and we don't want anyone to get injured on anything in our park, but again we haven’t been notified in regards to anything like that," said Weinschenk.

If you find a needle while at a park, police advise you to leave it alone and call 911.  Every squad car in the Greencastle Police Department fleet is equipped with a needle disposal box.

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