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Residents near Council Crest park ask for return of security guard

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Neighbors of Council Crest Park in southwest Portland are asking the city to bring back a security guard to fight the increase in illicit behavior happening late at night. (KPTV) Neighbors of Council Crest Park in southwest Portland are asking the city to bring back a security guard to fight the increase in illicit behavior happening late at night. (KPTV)
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Some people who live around Council Crest Park in southwest Portland say they are fed up with the late night partying, graffiti and drug use there and are asking the city to manage it better.

Members of the neighborhood associations around council crest brought their concerns to the Portland City Council Wednesday.

They contended the park has become a magnet for late night parties and drug and alcohol use, as well as a target for graffiti and a dumping ground for garbage.

Residents have even been taking pictures to document the damage.

Neighbors say they didn’t have any issues in the park until about five years ago, when the city eliminated a certain preventive measure.

Jeff Wihtol said the city paid a security guard to monitor the park from the hours of 9:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m., but stopped the service in 2011.

Neighbors claim any action from the city now only occurs after the damage is done and people from several different bureaus like police, water, transportation and parks have had to respond.

Wihtol and his neighbors feel the current method is ineffective and costing way more money than a dedicated security guard.

“Please conserve our city resources, stop degrading our neighborhood,” he said. “Reinstate the proven system at Council Crest and give us a city manager.”

In a letter sent to Wihtol in February, Portland Parks and Recreation Director Mike Abbate noted that while the behavior by some at the park was unfortunate, there were not department resources available to provide for private security. He also noted that records indicated calls to the police and Park Rangers were actually low compared to parks in other areas of the city.

There has been no word yet on if the city council will take up the issue or not.

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