Campers around Aspgren Park cause grief among residents

DENVER (KDVR) — Residents of Aspgren Park in southwest Denver are asking for help from the troubleshooters, saying their neighbors are polluting, causing safety issues, and playing loud music late at night.

Those ‘neighbors’ live in recreational vehicles around that park. It has been about two weeks since some people who live near the park have been able to enjoy the playground and park.

“I mean, it’s there,” said Anna Martin, a resident who lives near the park.

The park is one of the reasons why Martin and her husband decided to move into their home.

“There’s a playground where we’re going to play, and we also go out a lot to the green open space and just kick around the football,” Martin said.

Martin has two children and they have enjoyed their trips to Aspgren Park.

“Since our neighbors arrived, that activity has been extremely minimized,” Martin said.

A few weeks ago, her new neighbors parked around the park and Martin said they had created a situation that makes trips to the park not ideal.

“Lots of trash, there was a dog bite from one of the campers,” Martin said.

Dog bites are not the only problem. Noise is another complaint.

“They have a bass system that they were running last night, so we called the police,” Martin said, “I mean, I could go on. There are open containers of helium that they just carry around. We’re very concerned about fires that are may arise.”

What was once their green oasis in the middle of the city is now parking for several RVs.

“We have beautiful parks and it’s just a shame that they are treated like this,” Martin said.

How is Denver responding to Aspgren Park’s concerns?

Martin and neighbors contacted the Denver Police Department. The department told FOX31 Troubleshooters that they are aware of complaints and are working with other city departments to find a solution.

Martin and her neighbors play the only role they currently have: “Giving them as much information as possible about what’s happening because we really don’t know what to do.”

DPD told FOX31 to contact the city’s Housing Stability Department.

“HOST,” as it is known, told FOX31 that they are working on a secure parking program for people who are homeless. HOST said this program ideally aims to provide a place to park and live while these people focus on leaving homelessness behind.

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