Keeping Visitors Safe At Scissortail Park

Thursday, September 12th 2019, 8:29 pm
By: News 9

As with most new places this size, questions come up about safety. At Scissortail Park, there will be park rangers and security officers who will be protecting the grounds 24-hours a day.

Kevin Hammond, Chief Ranger for Scissortail Park, says this job was made for him.

"It's very exciting," Hammond said. "I've always been interested in the outdoors, and my personal interests lined up with my professional career and experience here."

But it will take Hammond and a team to take care of the entire park -- 10 park rangers in all.

"It will be expanding based on needs and the lower park opening," he said.

The park has a camera system, and patrols will be on site 24-hours a day to prevent crime. Oklahoma City Police will also be involved.

"I've already seen some of their bike patrol units at the park," said Hammond. "So, we're going to have a good relationship with them."

Park rangers will be prepared for weather emergencies and will have a plan for protecting those who come to the park. They will also be there to protect wildlife, while protecting everyone from any unfriendly animals.

"We can relocate it to a safer area, both for the safety of the animal and to our guests and employees," he said.

The Park rangers will be easy to spot with traditional uniforms, green pants, a light gray shirt and tan park ranger hats.

"People will want to have selfies with the park rangers I'm sure," Hammond said.

They will be dressed like that in hopes of being as visible as possible, answering your questions or just lending a helping hand.

"You can spot that uniform and see it from a distance and know that that's someone you can go to and ask questions and chat with them about the park," he said. "The park is for everyone, so we want to give everyone the opportunity to enjoy the park."