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Largest Dog Park In San Jose Open To Public After Authorities Cleared Homeless Encampments Occupying The Park

Largest Dog Park In San Jose Open To Public After Authorities Cleared Homeless Encampments Occupying The Park

San Jose, CA: The largest dog park in San Jose is now clear for public after authorities cleared homeless encampments from the park.

Columbus Park in San Jose is home to what may be the biggest dog park in the South Bay, yet despite being fully operational, it is currently closed.

The park’s homeless population has caused problems, thus early plans for a ceremonial public opening have been abandoned on a few occasions.

The cars and RVs that people had been residing in have almost entirely been removed from Asbury and Spring streets.

However, when police put out notices giving car owners 72 hours to leave, it was already filled several weeks prior.

The newly established 5-acre city dog park is situated in the streets, and those who were forced to relocate report intense stress and emotion.

As a matter of fact, the launch of the dog park may have been delayed earlier due to this strain.

The recent stabbing death of a homeless man in this area, according to city officials, has scrapped their intentions to open the park sometime after this most recent sweep.

Advocates for the homeless claim that part of the problem is the anxiety generated by the city sweeps.

Along with other local authorities, Mayor Matt Mahan has spearheaded an initiative to increase public access to areas like the dog park and city trails.

As an alternative to large-scale encampments, he said the city is collaborating with organizations to assist the homeless in moving to secure, respectable locations.

Not knowing exactly how much needs to be cleared away before the general public visits the park is difficult because there are still a lot of cars there in addition to the neighboring riverside encampment.

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