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Friends of Christopher Columbus Park Discuss Homeless and Drug Problems

“HazMat Duty” as part of the horticulture committee. (Photo courtesy of Friends of Christopher Columbus Park.)

The situation at Christopher Columbus Park appears to have stabilized after a concerning homeless incident in the tot lot and reports of drug use in the rose garden. New lights and directed patrols have helped, but neighbors still report occasional problems especially when they dig around certain areas of the park.’s Jeremy C. Fox interviews several members of the volunteer Friends of Christopher Columbus Park group that advocates on behalf of the city park.

Robyn Reed, co-chairwoman of the organization’s horticulture committee, said there is still a problem with beer bottles and glass pipes used for smoking narcotics being discarded in the rose garden. “We take out at least a case [of beer bottles] on Sunday mornings,” said Reed.

Another woman said it isn’t unusual to find human excrement near the garden, that she had seen a Parks Department employee clean some up as recently as July 5.

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Beer bottles and hangers (Ed: why hangers?) at Christopher Columbus Park. (Photo courtesy of FOCCP.)


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