Parents asking for change at Cosmo-Bethel Park

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COLUMBIA - Parents said they want to see a change in the safety precautions at Bethel-Cosmo Park. Some think it's up to the city to make the change.

Guardian Rachael Nolting said, "It's up to them to find a way to make the public feel safe again."

This comes after shots were fired near the park last week. Parents of children attending a school located next to the park were not notified of the incident.

Nolting said, "Well that's really scary and shocking to think about because this is really nice park, I mean I come here multiple times a week with the kids so hearing that's rather disconcerting."

Columbia Parks and Recreation officials will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday to discuss improvements for the park. Some of the topics they said the department will discuss include adding more lights to the tennis courts and improving the trails. 

Columbia Parks and Recreation Senior Planner Toney Lowery said, "We weren't planning to discuss safety at this meeting, but if that is the concern people have, then we will be happy to put it on the table."

One parent at the park said she thinks more lighting around the perimeters of the park would be a good change. 

Lowery said that's not currently in the budget but could be something officials look into in the future. 

Park staff will be at the meeting to explain the plans and answer questions.