Port Angeles considers fencing off Veterans Memorial Park from the homeless
King 5 News
Author: Eric Wilkinson
April 19, 2019
PORT ANGELES, Wash.
Police calls to Veterans Memorial Park in Port Angeles have skyrocketed and residents say they no longer feel safe.
At Veterans Memorial Park in Port Angeles, a replica of the Liberty Bell is defaced with graffiti. The park is teeming with garbage. Nearby residents say they no longer feel safe.
"This can be a horrific mess of trash and human waste," said Karen Rogers. "We have needles, illicit sex acts. This is a school bus route, for crying out loud!"
Rogers is a former mayor of Port Angeles. Her son is an Iraq War veteran. To her, seeing the memorial this way just isn't right.
"This place, to me, is the heart of service," she said. "We honor those who have served our country. We honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice."
The situation has grown much worse over the past three years with the opioid epidemic. Police calls to the park have skyrocketed.
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