April 9, 2012
A fence went up on the downtown mall in Charlottesville Monday. The fence is to help seclude parents and children from mall traffic near the carousel.
"There's definitely people coming around the children and dogs without leashes, large breed dogs like pit bulls and I'm sure parents don't want a dog that outweighs their child to be around them," said carousel safety supporter Kate Carlson.
The City of Charlottesville gave the Virginia Discovery Museum more space to put up a fence around the carousel a few months ago. Many parents were concerned about homeless people in the area, and the possibility of sex offenders.
"As a school counselor it's really important to talk to kids about stranger danger so anyway that you can keep your kids around familiar adults I think is safe," said Joselyn Whetzel, School Counselor.