A concerned resident sends in this disturbing account of extensive vandalism on Monday night, Presidents’ Day at the North End’s Puopolo and Langone parks by a large group of young individuals drinking on the Harborwalk. After the photos, the same resident provides an update on the response by City officials.
Approximately 8:45 PM last night (Monday 02/20) I walked the North End Harbor Walk section between the Mirabella swimming pool and the Steriti skating Rink. As I walked along the bocce courts and tot lot toward the water from Commercial Street, I came across a few broken beer bottles on the walkway. Then, I encountered a very large group, approximately 18-24 individuals, congregated and drinking on the large flat section adjacent to the basketball court.
Early this morning (Tuesday 02/21), I walked the same route and noted additional broken bottles along the same walkway and within the confines of the tot lot. When I arrived at the skating rink I encountered the scene that is depicted in the attached photos. I did not walk along the water side of the skating rink but I could see that the litter and bottles extended along the grass in that area. See photos.
- All of the broken glass and litter occurred after 8:45 PM last night and approximately 6:45 AM this morning;
- The damage to the public toilet also occurred overnight;
- The benches along the walkway have gone missing over the past weekend. As you can see, they have been thrown into the water immediately adjacent to the seawall. A third bench can be found along the seawall just a few yards beyond the two depicted in the images. Each of these benches easily can be retrieved, pressure washed, and put back into service. My suggestion is that they be installed in cement rather than asphalt;
- Missing items from the tot lot (a SeaHorse on a large spring, and several chairs) also can be found along the seawall and in the water immediately behind the tot lot. Again, these items can be recovered easily, pressure washed and put back into service.
- The broken tree branch is also recent and may be due to a truck backing into it – see long scrape along the branch.
The congregation of large groups of young people who drink, litter and vandalize this specific section of the Harbor Walk – between the tot lot and the North Washington Street Bridge – is out of control. It is a recurring and ongoing problem. Residents are afraid to walk along this section at night and the broken glass presents all kinds of problems for runners, tourists, children, bike riders, dog walkers, etc.
It seems to me that a prevention plan needs to be implemented – City property is being vandalized and littered. How difficult would it be to have a motorcycle officer, bicycle officer or Park Ranger (City and/or State) drive through this area of the Harbor Walk on an hourly basis from sundown to midnight or 1AM?
A follow up report from the same resident:
Thank you one and all for contacting City of Boston officials about the condition of our neighborhood park and harbor walk. We certainly got their attention and they responded immediately. The tree branch was removed, all litter and glass were picked up, and the tot lot was cleared of broken glass and empty liquor bottles by 12:30 PM.
I hope that the jettisoned park benches, tot lot furniture and playground equipment will be recovered at low tide. Stay tuned.
Thank you, one and all. And please remember to thank our fantastic Parks Dept. maintenance and grounds keeping team for their work throughout the year.