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Rejuvenate the park and vagrants will go


© St. Petersburg Times
published June 26, 2002

Re: Get rid of bums in Williams Park, June 16.

I read the letter about getting rid of the bums in Williams Park, and though I agree to a point, I don't believe yet another law is going to do it.

First of all, "those people," as the letter writer so kindly refers to them, are red-blooded humans, just like him. Perhaps he should get involved in the community and find ways to help instead of just complaining.

Secondly, why not make a plea to the city to do something with the park to draw the community into the park. I've seen this in two distinct cases. One is Bryant Park in New York City. They show old movies in the park, which has become one of the most fun and popular things to do in that city. People from all walks of life can enjoy a good clean way to spend an evening.

Next would be Central Park. Ten years ago, it was a "dangerous" place to go. Now, with much assistance from the city and community volunteers, it's full of events, concerts, plays, joggers, bicyclers, skaters, and families coming together to enjoy a day in the park.

I'm no expert, but I do know that when you bring in hardworking citizens who are conscientious about their community, the "bums," as we refer to them, go away.

I drive by Williams Park every day, and often wonder why I never see events advertised. It's a perfect location with a myriad of opportunities.
-- Michelle Delibert, St. Petersburg

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