Concerned parents tired of used condoms being left at Raymore parks

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RAYMORE, Mo. -- Parents be warned. One Raymore mom says people are having sex in city parks, and says they aren't cleaning up after themselves. National Honor Society students at Ray-Pec East Middle School were cleaning up Recreation Park when they found used condoms on the ground where children play.

"Two years ago I had the same issue at our Memorial Park and on the sidewalks on the way to the park," said Bonnie Lesmeister, who says she's tried of seeing and hearing about used condoms in area parks that are supposed to be kids friendly and family oriented.

"I was talking to a friend whose daughter was with the National Honor Society, and they were cleaning up the Rec Park, and the girls found the condoms," Lesmeister said.
 "Teenagers are doing this on our park tables, they're doing this close to our parks… where our kids are playing."

Lesmeister has two children of her own.

"As a mom of an eight-year-old, I don't want to have to explain why that balloon's there…. I don't want my kid picking that kind of stuff up," said Lesmeister. "It's too early for those talks."

Meredith Hauck, with the City of Raymore, says staff cleans the parks daily and police are always looking for suspicious activity.

"We certainly patrol the parks, at night time the police department has regular patrols throughout all of the park areas," Hauck said.

Hauck says the city utilizes volunteer groups so park staff can focus on other things, but says to notify police or the city if you find something unusual.

"It's not uncommon for us to hear after a weekend cleanup activity that people have found things that maybe they wouldn't typically find in the park. The message we always give to them, of course, is if you find something you're not comfortable picking up, definitely just leave it there and notify park staff," said Hauck.

"If they can't do it someplace else, or abstain, they need to throw them away," added Lesmeister.

Concerned parents say they wanted to share this story to warn other parents to be on the lookout.