ROVEREDO IN PIANO, Italy — The mayor of the city directly to the south of Aviano Air Base said Friday that a recent ban on people using three city parks overnight has had some impact, but vandalism is still a problem.

Renzo Liva said “thousands of euros” in damages had occurred in the three parks in the last year, prompting the city to ban people from the parks from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Violators face fines of 200 euros.

But Liva said the measure — implemented this month — is largely symbolic, because no extra law enforcement personnel has been assigned to monitor it.

That could change in the coming weeks, however, because the city is studying plans to introduce private security guards to monitor the parks. Plans eventually call for surveillance cameras to be installed.

The mayor said problems included destroyed playground equipment and broken windows, underage drinking and loitering. The three parks include the one behind the city hall, one named Il Giardino and the piece of green space between the Via Julia and XX Settembre roads.

Liva said Americans make up about 20 percent of the city’s population. He said evidence has been found in the past linking Americans to some incidents, but he couldn’t attribute more recent problems to anyone in particular.

Base officials met with the mayor since the measure was announced and advisories have been distributed around base reminding airmen to obey local ordinances.

Liva said he was unaware of any other cities that currently have similar measures. He said most towns have parks with gates that can be locked, but the three parks in Roveredo do not.

Valentina Lehman provided translation for this report.

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