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Parents booted off equipment at new playground

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - With the gorgeous weather we're having, the county's new waterfront park is seeing big crowds. But a policy there is catching some parents off guard.

Adults are not allowed on the playground equipment, and security is making sure parents are aware of it.

San Diego's brand new multi-million dollar waterfront park attracting lots of kids and parents, but also some confusion.

"Every time we've been there, we've seen security guards telling parents they can't swing with their kids, can't teeter totter with their kids," parent Jeff Hammett said.

Hammett shot video as security guards informed parents of the rules -- no adults allowed on the playground equipment.

"I think they should use judgment when they enforce the rules," he said.

"As long as everyone using the equipment appropriately, it shouldn't be an issue," Cole Kindred said.

Kindred, a counselor with the San Diego Center for Children, was caught off guard when security approached him Thursday.

"He was kind, but asked me to get off. He says the whole playground structure is like that -- no adults allowed on the structure, even if you're playing with your kids," Kindred said.

Mom Rebekah Sli was also informed of the policy after taking her daughter down the slide because she was too scared to go alone.

"I had no idea that was one of the rules here. I'm not a mom who likes to sit on the bench, I like to play with my kid at the playground," she said.

There are stickers on the equipment and a sign posted listing the age requirements. The county says it's a safety issue.

"I think the policy makes sense. I think they need to enforce it differently, if it's a mom on the swing with her kid or a dad on the teeter totter with their kid, let that slide," Hammett said.

The county has responded with the following statement:

"The playground rules provide age limits for the equipment to ensure the safety of the children who are using it. Particularly with the popularity of the playground and surrounding park, the county wants to make sure it is a safe environment and the equipment is properly maintained for everyone to enjoy."

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