Alligators next to a play park Is this a combination for disaster
Palm Bay Fl.
Palm Bay regional Park is a great place for the family. It often has soccer games, a clean play area for children upto ages 12, A cricket field, basketball courts, dog walking and camping.
Many people use this park for exercise, doggie dates, camping for the boy scouts and many more activities. It truly is a nice place to get away from noise and has lots of wildlife.
You often see soft shell turtles, tortoises, birds, snakes and of course the fantastic American Alligator. The concern that is being raised is that the lakes throughout the park do indeed have them.
Alligators are found exclusively in lakes, fresh water rivers, marshes and swamps. They are spectacular to watch. It is an amazing experience knowing you are standing 30ft away from a true wild American alligator. Alligators tend to become more aggressive in mating season and of course you should never feed any wildlife.
With all of that being said is this amazing reptile about to cause a distaster? They camouflage very well at the edges filled with reeds and algae. And in some instances have been known to attack and kill humans.
Children tend to wander and most parents would not suspect alligators right next to a place where their children play.
Is this a disaster waiting to happen? The only sign that has been seen posted is a silver spray painted sign that states " DO NOT FEED WILDLIFE". Is a 2 year old going to understand that? There are no signs posted "beware alligators" or "alligators are more agressive in mating season". Luckily the alligators that have been spotted range from about 3ft to 5ft in length, so adults think because theyare small they are harmless. Compare the alligators in size to your child. Then they seem huge.
Parents need to be more aware especially if you live or are visiting florida, these reptiles do exist in the wild and can be seen practically next to your door step, not just on airboat rides. Never leave your children unattended next to water or walk next to the waters edge.
Safety is the key.