Prospect Park was treated like trash by a large group of weekend partiers who left behind record high piles of litter, Daily News reports.
On Monday morning, joggers were left stunned by the amount of garbage piled up in a section of the Nethermead. Food scraps, liquor bottles, bodega bags, camping chairs and plastic cups has all been discarded on the field.
“This is just the worst I’ve ever seen it — and it’s my favorite area in the park,” Carole Crewdson said, who has walked regularly in the park for 40 years.
Kevin Williams, got a trash bag from a park worker and began picking up the litter after sleeping overnight in the park. He said a party of some 2,000 people lasted until around 3 a.m.
“I’m shocked Prospect Park allowed this to happen. They need to pay me per hour to do this job,” Williams said. “The partygoers are in bed sleeping and Prospect Park is in chaos. We’re left here looking at the mess they created…This is a sacred part of the park.”
Littering is very common in the park during the summer, especially after big holidays. But budget cuts due to COVID-19 have only exacerbated the already existing issue of trash piling up within the park. Crowds have swelled as city parks became a vital refuge due to restrictions on bars and indoor events.
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