Kiwanis Park Remains Closed Until Tuesday Due To Raccoon Attacks

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MERRITT ISLAND, Florida — Kiwanis Island Park on Merritt Island will remain closed at least until Tuesday in the wake of reports of raccoon attacks on park-goers, officials said Monday.

Parks Director Jack Masson chose Monday morning to keep the park closed for activities at least until another assessment can be made on when the park is safe to reopen.  That assessment will be made Tuesday morning, he said. 

The park was closed Saturday after two reported incidents in which park-goers were either bitten or injured by raccoons.  So far, Brevard County’s Animal Services agency and a hired trapper have captured eight raccoons at Kiwanis Island Park, which is located off State Road 520 on Merritt Island.

It is not known what prompted the raccoon attacks.  One park patron required medical attention, and in another incident a child was reportedly bitten while on the playground.

UPDATE: Kiwanis Island Park on Merritt Island Reopens After Raccoon Attacks