Walnut Creek Approves Banning Bounce Houses In Parks

WALNUT CREEK – (CBS 5 / AP) — The Walnut Creek Park Recreation and Open Space Commission approved a ban Monday night on children’s inflatable jump houses at public parks.

The commission voted 5-1 on the recommendation from city staffers who say so-called bounce houses chew up grass, are a liability hazard and eat up government time with permits and enforcement.

Walnut Creek started requiring residents to get permits for the birthday party staples two years ago and to prove their vendors have liability insurance.

KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:

But Recreation department director Barry Gordon said the requirements are routinely ignored.

Several nearby cities already have similar bans.

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  1. Booga says:

    Its just another reason to come up a way to make money on fines.

  2. Richie Gaud says:

    Chew up grass? Eat up government time with permits and enforcement?
    Give me a break ! It’s not like this permits are free, and as for the chewed up grass; you don’t need a college degree to figure out that maybe having a specifically designated area for these bounce houses should take care of the grass issue, Must be nice to live in a place where one of your main concerns is trying to keep the grass looking nice and green!

    1. Judith McFarland says:

      If we had City & State political representatives who thought more like you and I, this Country would be in a whole lot better shape than it is now.

  3. WC sucks... says:

    Really? Are there really that many kid-haters in Walnut Creek?

  4. veronica says:

    before you know it they’ll be passing out fines for having fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. grokpaint says:

    big gummint! big gummint! Sit
    Down and Shut up.

  6. Dennis says:

    i COME FROM BROOKLYN NY AND WHEN THE KIDS WANT TO GO TO THE PARK THE PARENTS MINE AS WELL TOLD US TO GO OUTSIDE & PLAY IN TRAFFIC,IF WE WERE ABLE TO GO TO A PARK AND PLAY IN A JUMPY HOUSE THAT SOMEONE WAS KIND ENOUGH TO PUT ONE UP I MYSELF AS A CHILD WOULD HAVE GONE, AS FAR AS PHYSICAL DANGER GROW UP WALNUT GREEK YOU CAN GET JUST AS HURT WALKING FROM YOUR LIVING ROOM TO TH KITCHEN.MAYBE WE SHOULD PUT JUMPY HOUSES ON BROKEN GLASS ASSFAULT TO MAKE YOU HAPPY. A GRANDFATHER THAT HAS A GRANDSON WHO LOVES THE JUMPY HOUSES.

  7. Gary Steele says:

    I guess Walnut Creek has been out of the news too long…

  8. Mousecar1951 says:

    Ok, we pay these people salaries to do a job! Like taking care of the parks, issuing permits, taking care of the lawns and patrolling the parks. They should get with it do the jobs we hire them for, or perhaps they should be laid off and we hire some poor soul who’s been on unemployement and would be happy issuing a permits, taking care of lawns to allow our children to enjoy some happy time…..

  9. sergio says:

    Wow who are these people? I wonder if they even have kids. I am sure that the duck poop and Winefest do not affect the grass in anyway right? Well if this is a serious issue than I am sure they have nothing better to do.

  10. Scott Purdy says:

    I can see a concern over liability…but the grass? Really? Are you going to fine someone for standing in one place for too long on the grass too? Same effect isnt it. Why dont you fine the people playing soccer when it is raining, nothing is worse for grass than an sport that is being played in the rain. Bunch of yuppies Walnut Creek, bunch of yuppies!

  11. tn says:

    Coming to Walnut Creek next city council meeting- Supervisors have “studies” showing that use of public park bbq pits create excessive smoke, garbage detail, carbon monoxide and are a fire danger to the environment. Therefore, there will be a “Community Resident Surcharge” that will be accessed to all WC shopping patrons and will be included into the city sales tax. And to make things easier for the under-educated, WC will round up the sales tax to 10%…

  12. BL says:

    Come on people. Parks are for dogs. This is California.

  13. Philip Scharfy says:

    These are the same kind of no-fun folks who banned skateboarding in the seventies.

    If we could genetically tell the fetuses in the womb that would grow into control-freal grinches, we could do pre-emptive abortions.

  14. jossanfran says:

    fire the fools

  15. Biker says:

    I’m glad to see officials are starting to infringe on a kids right to have fun.
    J/K

  16. AJ Buttacavoli says:

    Glad to see Walnut Creek stays on top of nuisance makers.

  17. Dumb says:

    They should ban kids from the parks. That would really help the grass.

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