James Perry, (above) who once resorted to patrolling Crispus Attucks Park with his Rottweiler, says the gates are always unlocked. Reached on Friday, John Katsos, Friends of Crispus Attucks Park head said "It's one of the most active parks around." He described crack pipes and human feces in the children's play areas; he also said prostitute and drug user clientele from The Prince Lefferts Hotel across the street have often spilled over into the playground. This hotel has been scourge on the community for many years. Mr. Katsos said people are able to get into the playground even when the gate is locked, an issue he and others have been trying to address. And for some reason the police were responsible for locking up the park instead of the Parks Department.
On Friday the Parks Department refused to answer questions relating to the issue including how long or why this park was not being locked at night or if other parks in the district were also not being secured. They also did not answer whether this was a borough-wide issue or if this was related to budget cuts. They also refused to address if it was realistic or wise to rely on PEP to lock the gate considering their extremely limited resources, especially at night.
Locals want Brooklyn problem park, filled with prostitutes and drug addicts, cleaned up
New York Daily News - March 3, 2011 - By Jake Pearson