BOSTON (WHDH) — The Boston City Council will hold a hearing on Friday to discuss issues at Clifford Park in Roxbury.
Community members around Clifford Park have called on city leaders to address unsafe and unsanitary conditions at the park. They said the park was constantly littered with needles and litter, forcing families to stay away and the local Pop Warner football team to relocate their practices.
It’s the same park where a Boston police officer was injured by a needlestick during a volunteer effort in August that prompted the city to take several actions, including the Recovery Services Outreach Team traveling the neighborhood every morning and afternoon. The city said its mobile needle crew also sweeps the park twice a day with a needle disposal bin located just outside the playground fence.
Domingos DaRosa, a local activist and Boston Bengals football coach, was one of many voices calling on city leaders to get to the root of the problem: the city’s drug and homeless population. town.
DaRosa, who regularly tweets updates on Clifford Park’s conditions, shared in a post early Friday morning that he and activist Leon River created the park’s first needlepoint kiosk to help keep the park clean.
Friday’s hearing will be at 10 a.m. on the fifth floor of Boston City Hall in the Christopher A. Iannella Room.
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