West Nashville group holds rally to tackle local parks issues
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WKRN) – Reclaim Brookmeade Park held a rally Thursday afternoon to continue their efforts. For months, they advocated for the city to clean up the park and find accommodation for the living camp in the park.
People were holding signs and chanting “Save Our Park” during the rally. Many attendees told News 2 that this park is just a small piece of a larger situation involving homeless settlements across the city.
“We hope to convince the mayor’s office that we need a transition center for everyone who lives in Brookmeade Park,” said group founder Rebecca Lowe. “It is so that they can find a suitable place for them while they wait for permanent housing.”
Under the current circumstances, Lowe told News 2 that the park is a haven for drug and crime related activity. She, along with other concerned citizens who are not part of Reclaim Brookmeade Park, consider this park too dangerous to visit.
A representative for the City of Nashville addressed these questions to News 2 by telephone.
She told News 2 that the city is constantly working to find housing for those who live in the park. They have added more outreach workers and a team that can be deployed to help people at any time.
Also, the city has launched a mobile center to find intermediate housing for people, until they can find permanent housing. They are also working with Metro Police to increase patrols and fight crime.
Reclaim Brookmeade Park tells News 2 that they will continue to push for changes in the park and encourages everyone to join them.