Seemore the Eagle Eye Neighborhood Park Watch Program
The Eagle Eye Neighborhood Park Watch Program is an effort to prevent crime and vandalism to our playground and park equipment, to alleviate suspicious activities in our parks, and to promote community involvement.
In order for this program to be most effective, it must rely on citizen participation and support. While we do our best to keep a close watch on activities taking place in the parks, we cannot be everywhere all the time. Therefore, we are asking you (residents of our community) to help us keep an Eagle Eye on our parks.
Seemore the Eagle, the mascot for the Wheeling Park District’s Eagle Eye Park Watch Program, has made several public appearances in his two years of “nesting” at the Wheeling Park District. Each time this soft, fuzzy, friendly Eagle flies around the Park District he stops at youth activities and major Park District events visiting children and adults in an attempt to raise the awareness of the importance of community involvement in taking care of and protecting our parks from vandalism, crime, safety hazards and other unwanted elements through the Eagle Eye Park Watch program. With the help of Seemore, children learn to “see” the value of Wheeling Park District parks, recreation facilities and programs on their lives. They learn our parks are worthy of preserving and protecting as safe places to enjoy and fun places to play.
The goals of Seemore and the Eagle Eye Program
are focused on six key points:
- Prevent incidents of vandalism, crime and misuse of park properties by raising community awareness and promoting community involvement.
- Reduce repair and restoration costs for equipment and facilities.
- Help make our parks a safe haven for children and adults to play and learn.
- Create community pride by getting the community and the Park District working together to ensure safe, clean and enjoyable parks.
- Teach children to be observant and responsible park guests
- Bring awareness to activities and events taking place in our parks.
Seemore needs your help!
Seemore and the Wheeling Park District ask for your assistance in helping to keep our parks and facilities beautiful, safe and enjoyable places to play, learn, relax and spend time. We ask that if you see any of the things listed below that you contact the Wheeling Park District by phone at (847)465-3333 or Wheeling Police Department by phone (847)459-2632 immediately. As always, call 911 in an emergency.
Eagle Eye Neighborhood Park Watchers are encouraged to watch for all incidents for vandalism, unruliness, and other obvious wrongful activities, including:
- Abuse or capture of wildlife
- Broken or unsafe equipment
- Loose domestic animals in the park
- Alcohol or substance abuse in the Parks
- Littering or garbage dumping
- Unauthorized Fires
- Arson or vandalism
- Fighting or Harassment
- Violation of Park closing hours.
If you would like Seemore to visit your school, block party, or your local park, contact:
Laura Kee, Manager of Human Resources and Development
Eagle Eye Neighborhood Park Watch Program
Brought to you by Illinois Association of Park Districts
211 E. Monroe Street
Springfield, IL 62701