|Not sure it was a Great Horned Owl, though!|
|Burning Rubber at the Park|
Left undiscussed in the article is the way that the design of Orchard Heights Park likely makes eyes and ears more difficult. There are structural reasons that vandalism might go unnoticed until morning.
|Houses on Westhaven back onto the park|
with yards and fences as buffers for eyes and ears
So in many ways the park is configured to reduce visibility and adjacent activity.
By contrast, houses along High Street and Leffelle look into Bush Park, and I bet there's have been over the years many fewer instances of tire tracks in Bush Park. At least on the edges of the park, there are many more eyes and ears, and this makes vandalism by car less likely.
If we looked at the numbers citywide, it wouldn't be surprising at all to find there is a meaningful correlation between tire track vandalism and low numbers of front doors that look out over the parks.
This is also a reason we should embrace the idea of small-scale commercial activity immediately adjacent to parks. Our residential zoning compounds the problems. A neighborhood store or cafe at a park adds additional eyes and ears, and is a natural complement to park activities. Who wouldn't like a frosty beverage or ice cream in summer or warm soup in winter?
(For more on this, see "Fences and Streets: How we Configure Park Edges.")
Update - Apparently there have been more attacks!
Signs near Mission Street side of Bush's Pasture Park warns people to stay off trail due to aggressive owls. #sjnow pic.twitter.com/mOPnWMlDjZ
— Alisha Roemeling (@alisharoemeling) January 30, 2015
Found a barred owl at Bush's Pasture Park. Here is the back story: http://t.co/56AyUBboX1 #sjnow pic.twitter.com/OOyFlHAte3
— Brent Drinkut (@BrentDrinkut) January 31, 2015