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Neighbors Say Heritage Park Picking Up Van Eps Problems

June 30, 2015, 9:55 PM by Jared Ransom

Neighbors Say Heritage Park Picking Up Van Eps Problems
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Neighbors living around Heritage Park say it's as if Van Eps moved to the east.

"They didn't want people to see the crowds, the police and all that's going on. Heritage Park will be that," neighbor Wilma Barrett said.

Heritage Park is on the list of city parks where alcohol is banned, but these neighbors see people breaking that rule on a daily basis.

"There's something going on all the time. It's an unsafe area. That's all I can say. If I had little kids, there'd be no way that I would let them go up to that park," neighbor Don Hanisch said.

That feeling is shared by Desaray Schnoor. She wants to take her son to Heritage Park because it's so close to their home, but they have to look for another spot.

"I'm not comfortable enough taking my son over there to play when there's all kinds of police and people drinking and doing things like that at the park. The park should be a safe place where you can take your kids," Schnoor said.

"Tables are full of different people, and the police are there. Yes, the police make it feel safe, but I don't feel safe," Barrett said.

Barrett says that at neighborhood meetings, they're being told people are buying alcohol on 10th Street and taking it to the park.

"It's in the morning. It starts right away in the morning and goes clear through dark," Hanisch said.

"Bicycle police, there's the motorcycle police, the car police, they're all watching. It's just to move these people on," Barrett said.

Seeing arrests like these are becoming all too common, but neighbors are thankful for the work the officers are doing.

"I think, for the most part, they are doing their job trying to keep drinking and illegal activity or whatever they're doing over there to a minimum, but there's just a lot of it," Schnoor said.

"I want my park back," Barrett said.

KELOLAND News did reach out to the Sioux Falls Police Department to see how much activity has increased at Heritage Park, but received no response at the time of this report.

 

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