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Neighbors call for curfew at City Heights Mini Square Park

Residents say crime, noise are problems
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Posted at 4:31 PM, Feb 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-19 19:35:28-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - People who live near Mini Square Park in City Heights are fed up with what they say is a rise in crime and noise. They're calling for a curfew to be imposed at the park from 9 pm - 5 am.

"Every rule that's posted here is broken all day long and mostly all night long," says one woman who asked 10News not to identify her because she feels unsafe in her home next to the park. "I can get practically high from the marijuana that comes into my window cause it overlooks the park. The noise becomes just unbearable at times."

The park opened in 2014, on 43rd Street in between Polk and University Avenue. Sitting between a senior center, an apartment complex and a health clinic, It was designed as a way to give adults in the community a gathering place.

Instead, neighbors say it's been overrun with crime and drugs.

A search of the website shows 148 crimes reported within 1000 feet of the park over the last six months. That includes 21 stolen cars, 19 assaults and 16 robberies.

It's gotten to the point where some people say they're afraid to walk by it, especially at night.

"Of course I would like to be in this park, to spend my free time there," says Isaac Musaazi, who lives in the apartment complex next door. "But I can't because of the people who are there."

A community meeting to discuss a curfew and how to enforce it is scheduled for Thursday with the Community Parks Committee. It's at 2 p.m. and will take place at 3325 Zoo Drive in the War Memorial Building.