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Pig-Sty In Prospect Park? Residents Say, ‘Yes’

BROOKLYN, NY (1010 WINS) – Brooklyn residents say part of Prospect Park’s landscape has become a landfill.

A sign on the side of a trashcan reads, “Thank you for keeping Prospect Park clean” but the can lays on its side with garbage spilling out onto the ground.

Parkgoers say certain areas are becoming a pig-sty and it’s only getting worse.

In designated barbeques spots, people are leaving dirty, un-emptied grills while others are cooking in non-grill zones.

“Right here on the eastern side of the lake where it’s illegal to barbeque, there are at least five, freshly made patches of dumped, used barbeques coals,” said one man.

unemptied coal bin 11 Pig Sty In Prospect Park? Residents Say, Yes

Un-emptied coal bin in Prospect Park (credit: Anne-Katrin)

Park rules say barbequing is only permitted in 13 designated areas and that all hot coals have to be extinguished.

1010 WINS’ John Montone reports: Abandoned Grills And Trash Litter Prospect Park

But some residents say people are throwing used coals into the lake instead of depositing them into hot coal bins.

“The signs say to douse your coals so they think it’s safer to throw them in the lake,” said another man.

On Lookout Hill, parkgoers say they’ve found used condoms, condom wrappers and other trash like chicken bones and even crack bags.

Others say there are so few porta-potties in the park, that some people urinate and defecate right on the ground.

Emily Lloyd, president of the Prospect Park Alliance, say they’re working to fix the problem.

In a statement to 1010 WINS she says, “We are aware and concerned about keeping clean the remote areas of the park. Most of these areas have been cleaned by hand and we are adding more workers and volunteers to clean up the areas.”

What do you think? Sound off below in our comments section.

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  1. Paul says:

    It is citywide , look at Astoria Park on a sunday afternoon or Monday morning trash every where

  2. James Brandenstein says:

    It shold be by the end of the Decade.

  3. DanTe says:

    It’s surrounded by monkeys and you’re wondering why it’s a dump???

  4. jack says:

    what a dump, born and raised in NYC………….so glad i left that filthy place

  5. James says:

    The incidents going on in Prospect Park are no different than what is going on in Flushing Meadows Park in Corona Queens. The only exception is the period between late August and early September when the U.S Open comes to town and the Parks Dept. along with the concessionaires and the media do a great job of portraying the park as a year-round oasis.

  6. Tony says:

    Hi Winston, You are one of the few people I know who are reasonable. There are dog walkers who do not pick up the poop whether on-leash or off leash. This is very hard to control. I can not be in the park 24 hours a day. In Prospect Park dogs are the lesser of two evils. I volunteer for the Alliance picking up garbage and trash in the Peninsula and lake side. 40% of then trees in the Peninsula are damaged by hot coals from barbecues, and The peninsula is not a barbecue area. I have to wear surgical gloves because of all the human waste in the bushes where birds nest. Diapers in the trees. Hot coals dumped into the lake. Water fowl entangled in fishing lines and fish hooks. And a army of rats that are a danger to us and the wildlife. This has been going on for a long time, and the only solution is enforcement.

  7. Tony says:

    Hey Winston this is unfair about dogs in the park. Most people with dogs pick up the poop. It is just a few that’s don’t. And those few are not FIDO members. Go to the end of any FIDO event in the park and you will see that FIDO has left the area cleaner the when they got there. On enforcement? In a 20 month period the park issued 176 tickets for dogs off-leash, but none in that same period for picnickers and barbecues. Responsible dog owners do not trash the park. All that garbage is a health risk for our dogs. The rat population triples and with that disease that can kill a dog and make a human seriously ill. Look at your priority when it comes to enforcement. The 176 dog walkers who got tickets probably deserved every one of. them. And none of them were for not picking up poop. So there is enforcement, just for dog walkers.

    1. Winston Smith says:

      Tony

      Ticketing people who let their pets go off leash is a start. Everyone who leaves a mess should also get a ticket.

      But “picking up poop” is net really good enough for a park. Prospect Park is not a curb. People sit on the grass.

  8. Tony says:

    Dog walkers in the park pick up after there dogs waste. You do not see much dog poop around as you do all the garbage in the park

    1. Winston Smith says:

      Really? Dog walkers pick up. Not so much.

      and look at the photo. People are bringing their trash to the bins but they are full.

  9. Michael H. says:

    Hey, here’s a hint. That wasn’t crack in those plastic baggies.

  10. Winston Smith says:

    The issue is that there is no enforcement of ANY rules in Prospect Park. You have to commit a felony to get the attention of the police. People who don’t care about rules know that Prospect Park is a place where they can do whatever they want.

  11. Tommy says:

    I will never understand how someone could just leave a giant pile of trash after they are doing having their cookout. Really shows the character of person. I’ll also never understand why with all the land that the park has, why they cannot designate an entire fenced in area for dogs to go off leash. There are enough dogs to warrant it. I don’t even own a dog, but it just makes sense. There is so much they can do to fix this park.

  12. GREG says:

    WALK ALONG PROSPECT PARK WEST ON A MONDAY MORNING AND YOU WILL SEE GARBAGE ALL OVER THE PLACE NOT TO MENTON INSIDE THE PARK. THEY NEED TO PUT ALOT MORE GABAGE CANS OUT ALL OVER THE PARK FOR THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE COMING TO USE IT. THEY ALSO NEED TO PICK UP THE GARBAGE MORE OFTEN BUT THAT COSTS MONEY SAYS THE MAYOR. THEY SHOULD NOT ALLOW BBQ. THEY NEVER USED TO..JUST REMEBER THEIR WILL ALWAYS BE SLOBS AMONG US…

    1. MIKE says:

      I AGREE THEY SHOULD NOT ALLOW BBQ’S AND THEY SHOULD ALSO RESTRICT DOGS FROM RELIEVING THEMSELVES EVERYWHERE AND HAND OUT MORE TICKETS. LIKE I SAID IN MY POST DOG URINE IS KILLING THE GRASS ALSO.

  13. MIKE says:

    PROSPECT HAS A PROBLEM WITH GRILLING AS WELL AS THE HUGE INFLUX OF DOGS THAT HAVE A DESIGNATED AREA FOR THEM. COAL KILL THE GRASS AND SO DOES DOG URINE. THEY’VE DESIGNATED SMALLER AREAS FOR GRILLING BUT DOG WALKERS GET A HUGE AREA TO DESTROY THE GRASS THAT PEOPLE ENJOY. I THINK A BAN OF DOGS AND GRIILLING SHOULD BE ENFORCED SO THAT THE PARK CAN BE RESURRECTED TO ITS BEAUTY.

    DOGS AND GRILLING IS KILLING THE LANDSCAPE!

  14. mike says:

    @Jack you mean Park Slope with its Mulit Million Dollar houses?

    1. Jack says:

      right…and on the other side of the park is….oh wait you probably wouldn’t know because the park slope people don’t go in that direction.

  15. Jack says:

    What do you expect, look at the areas surrounding the park…

    1. Michael H. says:

      What, you mean like Windsor Terrace, Kensington and Park Slope?

  16. Donna V. says:

    I HAVE BEEN COMPLAINING ABOUT THIS FOR OVER TEN YEARS!!!! I’VE SPOKEN TO PARKS DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL AND TO THE COPS THAT PATROL THE PARK AND STILL TO THIS DAY, IT’S AN ISSUE, BIGGER THAN EVER!!!! PEOPLE COME HERE FROM OTHER AREAS AND LEAVE THEIR GARBAGE WHEREVER THEY WANT TO. PEOPLE GRILL RIGHT NEXT TO TREES WITH SIGNS THAT SAY IT’S NOT PERMITTED. THE COPS AND PARKS DEPARTMENT OFFICERS DON’T WANT TO DEAL WITH THE LEVEL OF PEOPLE THAT ARE INCONSIDERATE ENOUGH TO DO THIS… IN THE MEANTIME, AS A FORMER DOG OWNER, IF MY DOG WAS OFF LEASH ONE MINUTE AFTER 9AM, THEY WERE RIGHT THERE HANDING OUT TICKETS!!! THIS IS, AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN, A MATTER OF SELECTIVE TICKETING!!!

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