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Empty bottles, condoms litter park near SE Albuquerque school

Joy Wang
October 10, 2018 10:14 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M .— Parents are concerned about needles, trash and homeless people who hang out near Emerson Elementary School in southeast Albuquerque.

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“There's condoms left behind from folks experiencing homelessness, illicit drug users in the park that's next to the school and sometimes the children think the condoms are balloons and they'll pick up the condom and start blowing into it like it's a balloon,” explained Gina Naomi Dennis, the District 6 Coalition President. “That's really scary.”

A representative with the City of Albuquerque said it hasn’t been responsible for cleaning the park since APS added portable units on the property a few years ago. APS says it's aware of the problem and is working to add fencing.

Beyond the park, parents are concerned about sex offenders living nearby.

However, representatives with the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office say there's no state law restricting where a sex offender can live.

The District 6 Coalition members say they're working on a three-step program to help address homelessness in the area.

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