Bushwick residents say Irving Park is no leisurely stroll

Residents near Irving Park in Bushwick say the area has become more of a dumping ground than a playground.

Neighbors say it is not just empty soda cans and old newspapers being thrown on the ground. Residents say they have seen everything from dishwashers to mattresses being dumped on park grounds. Parents say they don?t feel safe bringing their children to play and sometimes the area is so full of trash they can not find a place to sit.

The parks department says it is at Irving Park once a day to pick up trash. The park is slated for a $1.2 million overhaul this fall to help renovate the park. The department says one part of the plan is to build a perimeter gate that would be locked at night to keep out illegal dumpers.

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