Neighbors of Cutillo Park and Morton Street say the area has become a neighborhood dumping ground attracting drug use and other illegal activity. A letter from a 28-unit condo building at 26 Stillman Street describes the situation.
“Morton Street and Cutillo Park are generally covered with trash of all types, hypodermic needles, dead rats, dog and human feces, and ripped up vegetation. The trash includes alcohol containers and beer bottles (often broken) as well as household trash (which has included mattresses, couches, stoves, water heaters, crates, shoes, clothing, etc.) and overflow from the numerous restaurant trash bins and used cooking oil containers that line Morton Street.“
“Perhaps because of the condition of Morton Street and the park, there is a considerable amount of illegal drug related activity there (including crack smoking and use by injection). Also, there are frequent rat sightings. In the winter, Morton Street is rarely, if ever, plowed by the City. The curbs and sidewalks along this public way are broken and unmaintained, and overgrown with vegetation.“
Complaints about Morton Street and the playground at Cutillo Park have been recurring over the years. The group is asking city officials for regular cleaning, trash pickup, restaurant barrel removal and police patrol along the narrow public way.