Neighbors say San Carlos park now a dumping ground

Posted at 6:11 PM, Jun 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-28 21:11:30-04

SAN DIEGO - Neighbors are expressing frustration as a parking lot at a scenic San Carlos park has turned into a constant dumping ground.

"This really reminds me of an outhouse in distress," said George Varga, who has lived near Rancho Mission Canyon Park for nearly four decades. "I've never seen it this bad."

When 10News visited the lot, there were three toilets dumped near the trash bin, along with a hockey stick and a big stack of laminate.

On the other side of the lot, there was plenty of garbage in the trash bin that clearly wasn't collected from the park, including mattresses, carpet and carpet padding.

A recent photo taken by a neighbor showed another item commonly dumped -- a couch.

Varga said the illegal dumping at the park is a relatively new phenomenon.

"Illegal dumping was very rare until about three to four weeks ago, and now it's almost every day," said Varga.

The neighbors' outrage is now piling up.

"It degrades the neighborhood and it's just getting worse," said Varga.

Varga fears the scene is attracting more dumping.

Several days ago, a neighbor spotted two men emptying their dark SUV but couldn't get a license plate number.

To those creating this mess, Varga has this message: "Don't ruin our neighborhood. This is not a dumping ground."

A city spokesperson told 10News they plan to put in bigger "No Dumping" signs next to the trash and recycling bins. If the dumping continues, they may also remove the bin.

If you have information on the dumping, call the San Diego Police non-emergency number at 619-531-2000.