Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Picture Perfect

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Picture Perfect

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"Has anyone experienced problems in facilities with cell phones that take photos? Apparently, kids are becoming creative with the phones in the rest rooms. If so, how have you handled the problem?" That was a recent question posted from Sanibel, Fla., on NRPA's forum, eCommunities. For information on how to join the discussion, become a member by clicking on "Join Now" on the right-hand side Of NRPA's Web site, www.nrpa.org. Here are some of responses regarding this privacy problem:

"Some pools and fitness centers in the Chicago-metro area have banned phones from the locker rooms. Sounds like a good policy."--Northbrook, Ill.

"We have banned use of picture cell phones in all of our bathrooms and locker rooms."--Rockville, Md.

"If the policy cannot be enforced, then don't set the rule. Deal with it on a case-by-case basis. I mean, we don't set a rule against voyeurism (which is what this is), because, of course, everybody knows that it is wrong; however, if it does occur then it is dealt with.--Strongsville, Ohio

"Everywhere that I have been ... have simply posted signs saying that use of those types of phones in the locker rooms was prohibited. The signs are posted at the entryways of the locker rooms."--Council Bluffs, Iowa

"Our brochure states, 'the use of photograph, videotaping and/or the use of cellular phone cameras are prohibited in locker rooms.'"--Commerce City, Colo.

"I believe there are at least a dozen agencies in the Chicago-land area that ban camera phones from locker rooms and fitness areas. …

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