September 2, 2018-
Bartlesville’s historic Kiddie Park is a safe place for children to have fun, Ron Adams, president of the nonprofit Bartlesville Playground Association said. “We’ve always been strong on safety at the Kiddie Park and we want to make sure children are provided a safe place to be,” Adams said. “Over the last few years, I’ve seen people with so much anger where they get into arguments or fights inside the park right in front of the children. You never know what may happen if they go out to their car and get a gun.”
With that in mind, the Bartlesville Playground Association — which owns and operates the Kiddie Park on park land leased from the city of Bartlesville — placed signs on the entry gates that ban firearms within the amusement park’s grounds and updated the park rules on their website. However, that policy is being challenged by members of an Oklahoma gun rights group. Don Spencer, president of the Oklahoma 2nd Amendment Association, said the ban on guns is illegal since the Kiddie Park is located on city park property.