Boston Playground Plague Beer Cans, Broken Bottles and Bottle Caps

ROXBURY (WBZNewsRadio) – Clifford Playground in Roxbury continues to be plagued with hazardous waste, raising concerns among residents.

Broken bottles, beer cans, glass, syringes and bottle caps found right next to the benches, where children are supposed to sit while playing baseball.

Keeping the area clean has been an ongoing issue. Last September, used needles and criminal activity prompted the Boston Bengals to move their training to a new domain.

“It’s not primarily the homeless community, it’s also the company that this field keeps here, when they come to watch the games. They kind of leave a bunch of garbage.” A woman cleaning the park told WBZ’s James Rojas. “We all have to work together as a community. If they come here to watch the game and pick up their trash, it won’t look like this.”

WBZ NewsRadio contacted the City of Boston for a comment to which officials responded that there is a correlation between rising temperatures and increased trash loads in parks.

“As the weather warms, the city is seeing an increase in the number of homeless people living and using drugs outdoors, leading to an increase in public injections, litter, and improperly discarded needles. Recovery Services is working working with other city departments and neighborhood partners to proactively mitigate these issues in real time,” a city spokesperson said.

Officials went on to say the city was prioritizing prospecting for Clifford Park and area schools, the South End, Newmarket and Roxbury.

WBZ’s James Rojas (@JamesRojasNews) reports

Harold B. McConnell