Baristo Park will temporarily close as Palm Springs works to address ongoing public heath issues and unsafe activities, the city announced Tuesday.
The park, located at 296 S. Calle Encilia, is expected to close for about six weeks, though city officials did not give a concrete start date besides mentioning that the closure will occur in the coming weeks.
The city cited the use and abandonment of “unlawful drug paraphernalia,” biohazardous materials such as litter, human feces and sharps discarded throughout the park, indecent exposure and general destruction of public property as reasons for the closure.
According to officials, Palm Springs police and fire department calls for service at the park have escalated significantly, from 558 calls between 2017 and 2019 to 1,245 calls from 2019 to the present.
“In order to protect public health and safety, the city is taking this step to address persistent issues in the park related to a small group of transient individuals,” City Manager Justin Clifton said.
The city plans to conduct a safety inspection, implement a security plan, install cameras, and complete needed maintenance during the closure.
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