City reacts to homeless population in downtowns Lucas Park - KMOV.com

City reacts to homeless population in downtowns Lucas Park

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(KMOV) – A mother fed up with seeing drug use and litter in the Lucas Park playground near the loft district in downtown St. Louis says enough is enough.

The park shuts down between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., but during the day, many of the people seen around are homeless. The city says that in the past month or two, it’s seen the homeless population grow.

After bringing the issue of drugs and trash to the city’s attention, the city now closes the park for one hour everyday so that crews can pick up trash. However, crews do not clean on weekends, and come Monday morning, the park can be a mess.

Additionally, the city human services director says there’s been a trend of visitors handing off food to the homeless. In response, the city has stepped up law enforcement to keep people from littering.

Residents in the area have long complained about living near a park where many homeless men and women congregate, but the city says unless the homeless are breaking the law, they’re welcome to be in the park during hours of operation.

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