There is a grassy area a block wide and half a block long about five blocks from our house. Sam and I have gone there to play at least once a week for several months, sometimes daily. It’s where I took this picture. Also this one, and this one and this one. It’s in front of this building (which is open to the public), obviously part of the same property. There is a security guard who is usually in the lobby, and who I know for a fact has seen us there. We have seen other children playing there, adults playing frisbee, people with dogs, and skate boarders. People lay in the grass and read. Will once saw someone flying a kite there.
Today we stopped there for Sam to run off some steam. The security guard came out and told me we could not be on the grass. I doubt I can recount our exact conversation, but the basic gist of my response was, “Isn’t it public property?” He said it’s private property, so I asked why there was no sign stating as much. He told me they put up a sign (note: I have never seen any such thing, and we pass by very frequently) but someone stole it. I said that was not my fault, and he repeated that we were not allowed on the grass. He then walked away and we continued to play. Sam eventually went back onto the grass and I didn’t stop him. The security guard didn’t come back out.
Am I in the wrong here? There is no fence up, and the grass is very easily accessible to the public. There is, as I said, no sign (though I’ve never been under the impression that one could enforce a “stay off the grass” sign anyway).
Why now? And can he even enforce it? It really seemed like he was just being a dick, but I’m not keen on breaking the law, or on being a cunt in response.