NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City’s playgrounds are getting more dangerous for kids, according to New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer.
Stringer issued a report Sunday showing a rise in playground injuries as well as a 53 percent increase in personal injury claims against the Department of Parks and Recreation in the last decade.READ MORE: Blackwood Blanks Reeling Flyers As Devils End 4-Game Skid
The comptroller said those claims cost tax payers $20 million. He’s calling on the city to do more to make playgrounds safer.READ MORE: Duarte, Turner Lead Pacers Over Knicks
“I expect the parks department to do everything it can to ensure the safety of playgrounds,” Stringer said. “It’s not an option, it’s a responsibility.”MORE NEWS: Avs Beat New York; Trouba Delivers Another Hard Check
The parks department issued a statement, saying ensuring the safety of kids is its number one priority and it continues to look for ways to improve safe design, CBS2 reported.