A popular Massachusetts playground has been shut down after public works employees found what they call a significant rat infestation.
The infestation has forced town officials in Belmont to lock the gates and put up a temporary fence around Joey’s Park, a public park that is also used by Winn Brook Elementary.
"I hope they get the rats out and they open it again soon," said Aiden Broderick, who plays in the park.
"I want to get out of here," said Joanne Hawkins, who lives in the neighborhood. "I'm not a fan of rats in particular, I'm not a fan of the proximity to my house."
Parents have received an email saying Winn Brook students will not be able to use the playground for the time being.
"A little horrified," said parent Molly Dolan.
Town inspectors have noticed several rat holes in the park.
Belmont's health department says it's had a dramatic increase in rat complaints this year around town. They've sent a warning to residents, some of whom are already taking precautions.
"I had my pest people out at my house this morning," said Hawkins. "I'm very creeped out about it."
Public Works officials say they are now working to contract with a pest control company to eradicate the rats and get the park open as soon as possible.