Bloomington hosts picnic at Crestmont playground marred by shootings

Georgann Dolfay

Most instances, the sight of five Bloomington Law enforcement Department cars parked at the the corner of Illinois Road and Illinois Courtroom, two with blue-and-purple lights flashing, indicates there’s hassle in the northwest-side neighborhood. But that wasn’t the circumstance Saturday afternoon, when the city’s Local community and Spouse and children Methods Section, the Bloomington Housing […]

Most instances, the sight of five Bloomington Law enforcement Department cars parked at the the corner of Illinois Road and Illinois Courtroom, two with blue-and-purple lights flashing, indicates there’s hassle in the northwest-side neighborhood.

But that wasn’t the circumstance Saturday afternoon, when the city’s Local community and Spouse and children Methods Section, the Bloomington Housing Authority and the Boys & Girls Golf equipment of Bloomington hosted a Crestmont neighborhood bash.

The celebration took position at the new Crestmont Park playground, where various shootings, some ensuing in injuries, have been documented in modern weeks. In an work to reclaim the public housing playground and show aid for citizens, a picnic was prepared.

Pictures fired July 29:One more taking pictures documented in Crestmont region on Bloomington’s northwest facet

LaSaundra McCoy-Shivers is a BPD social employee who labored three many years with young children, from preschoolers to substantial university seniors, in the neighborhood university district. She stood below a tent at the picnic handing out crayons, notebooks and colored pencils while connecting with young children and the developed-ups accompanying them.

“I am below to support this group,” she mentioned. “We want to be out listed here. People need to know we care and that we share their concern that this violence has acquired to cease.”

Crestmont resident Douglas Monroe talks about  developing the idea for the Crestmont Community Cookout Saturday at the Crestmont Community Circle.

Douglas Monroe has the same aim, for his household to be risk-free in the group the place they have lived for 8 years. When two people sitting at benches at the park playground were being hit by bullets a thirty day period ago, he hurried to the scene from his nearby apartment.

Monroe utilized his shirt as a tourniquet on a man’s arm and utilized strain to a bullet wound on a woman’s thigh after someone in a car driving by fired photographs at the playground before dark on July 8. “I am from Chicago, and I know that sound and that it wasn’t fireworks,” he reported.

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