CRIME TRACKER: Parks with the most police calls

TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- KEPR is digging deeper to see which local parks have the most police calls.

Fun in the sun and rest in the shade means you'll find Pam Bolls in the park all season long.

"It's a good feeling to see families outside and kids outside instead of sitting inside working on an i-pad," she says.

Bolls is in good company. Whether it's swim time or swing time, Tri-City parks are packed with people this summer. KEPR knows safety is a top priority for you and your family, so we dug through the numbers to see which parks have the most police calls.

Number three on the list is Chiawana Park, with nearly 200 calls. Police beefed up patrols in Chiawana following a gang shooting in 2010, but two years later, vandalism and fights are still a recurring problem, and the numbers prove it.

On the heels on Water Follies, it's not surprising that Columbia Park is also near the top of the list.

Last year, there were more than 200 police calls from Columbia Park, mostly because of vandalism and drinking.

But those parks don't compare to Howard Amon Park. With more than 500 police calls last year, there are more incidents in Howard Amon than all of the Tri-Cities; mainly because of people having too much to drink and causing trouble

"It's like one bad apple spoils the whole bunch," Bolls says. "It's sad to see people aren't taking care of what's provided to them"

Police tell Action News most of the calls coming from our parks are for minor things like public intoxication. The numbers are high, because when the weather turns warm, more people flock to the outdoors.