FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) --The City of Fresno is trying to figure out how to deal with vagrants and vandals in city parks. Pictures of trash strewn areas and filthy bathrooms are prompting calls for improvements.
For Council Member Clint Olivier conditions at Radio Park near First and Clinton are deplorable.
"Syringes, human feces, exposed wiring near playgrounds."
Olivier and his staff took pictures of park conditions last week. While they have been cleaned up in the past few days, he said the problem is those who hang out in the parks.
"My concern is that the parks in the city of Fresno, at least the ones in my district, especially Radio Park, are owned and occupied by vagrants and tweakers."
Olivier's fellow Council Members shared his concerns but noted a study is underway on how to address park problems citywide. While he urged more security guards and clean up crews, City Manage Bruce Rudd said the same people are causing problems throughout the city.
"Because of prison realignment, Prop 47, we can't afford it. We don't have the money to arrest our way out of this-- that's not a viable option."
Rudd pledged to work with Council Members on coming up with plans and policies to improve parks but offered no immediate solution.
The city cut back on park maintenance in recent years but with the improving city economy, park funding has increased. However, it's clear a lot more needs to be done.
The City Council agrees there is a problem and has asked the City Manager to come up with a proposal to increase park security and cleanliness and report back within 60 days.