Ian Gregorio’s yard is adorned with colorful plastic toys for his young son. But one of his neighbors wants them gone.
As WHDH reports, 3-year-old Rylan Gregorio has autism. That’s why his father specially arranged a selection of colorful toys and play equipment for Rylan on the front lawn of their home in Milton, Massachusetts.
The idea is to help stimulate Rylan, and the set-up on the lawn has done exactly that. Ian told WHDH that his son loves being in the yard and waving to people as he climbs and plays:
“The sheer joy on his face when playing is what I live for.”
However, Ian didn’t know one of his neighbors had a major issue with the play set-up until he got an anonymous letter.
The unsigned message from one of Ian’s neighbors called the play area “an eyesore to the neighborhood.” The neighbor even suggested the set-up was “unsanitary” and demanded the toys be removed:
Hey hoarders! Give the proud property owners here in Milton a break and remove all the dumpster diving children’s play stuff you have scattered all over your lawn.
And the anonymous neighbor didn’t just send a letter, Ian also received a visit from the town’s Board of Health. There had been a complaint about the Gregorios’ yard, so an inspector came out to take photos of the property.
The dad told WHDH he was “in shock” when he read the letter and “couldn’t believe” that someone would have that kind of reaction to a play area for a 3-year-old. Ian said he doesn’t understand why his lawn sparked the anonymous complaint:
“This is a couple play structures. Maybe there is a lot. I disagree. I wish I had this when I was younger.”
Fortunately, the town determined that there were no problems with the Gregorio lawn.
Officially, the toys can stay, and Ian told WHDH that he isn’t planning to remove the play set-up. While the anonymous neighbor might be unhappy about it, his son comes first:
“You want the best for your son and for your children to have fun and then you kind of sit there and go, ‘Well, what am I doing wrong?’ Is this really that wrong?”