PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Back in May, the Montavilla Initiative, a group of residents living around the Northeast Portland park, decided enough is enough.
More than 200 people signed a petition aimed at city leaders and Portland Parks & Rec regarding illegal activity happening inside the park along with an overflow of garbage and even human waste.
Now, over three months later, the Initiative is once again asking for the city’s help. They say it’s time for the city to step up.
Angela Todd is one of the Initiative’s leaders. She said they pulled a truck-load of trash out of the park on Sunday. Once again, those bags, according to Angela, were filled with human waste, drugs and bio hazards. Angela said she invited city leaders, including Mayor Ted Wheeler, to attend the clean up. She said they didn’t respond.
Angela said she’s seen park rangers, but it’s not enough to fix the problem.
“I feel like we are just enabling,” Angela said. “I feel like we’ve gone too far assuming that everybody needs our compassion.
“We have campers with gasoline and the police just drive by, things are not being addressed … I’m not sure who — there is a lot of finger pointing, but I can tell you that it’s not safe here for our kids.”
Isabella and her sister were a part of the clean-up on Sunday. She said the mess can be pretty gross. She wants the city to clean the park and she wants leaders to ask those leaving trash to leave.
“I’m like afraid of my siblings running around too because I don’t want them to cut their feet or anything,” she said.