Browne’s Addition park sees increase of fights, vandalism, and homeless campers

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by Katie Utehs & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on August 9, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 9 at 6:21 PM

SPOKANE-- Spokane Police are working to move homeless people off of downtown sidewalks, but now vandalism, drugs and camps are being pushed into Coeur d'Alene Park in Browne's Addition.

Dan Huffman is a summertime Parks and Recreation employee for the City of Spokane. He cleans Coeur d’Alene Park and said, "Usually there's a lot of drug paraphernalia, homeless people hanging out so it's my job to kind of move them along."

The Spokane Police Department is working to clean-up the streets downtown and the effort has pushed homeless people west to the park.

The relocation is causing problems including fights and vandalism.

Officials say one source of tension is in the gazebo. There is a power outlet where people try to charge their cell phones. The parks department locked the box, but people broke the lock off.

In one instance a man charging his phone at the gazebo was picked up and thrown by another.

Police say they are stepping up patrols in the park.




 

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