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Tucson Police, homeowners address growing concerns at De Anza Park

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TUCSON - The swing sets on the playground at De Anza Park collects dust just as this shopping cart on the sidewalk collects someone's belongings. 

A half mile away at Trinity Presbyterian Church, a neighborhood call to action took place Thursday night. 

"We're right in this together with you, we want to be good partners," Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus said. 

Tucson Police and homeowners convened at a listening session to hear about De Anza Park's homeless and drug problem. 

Police say people camping in the park are using drugs and defecating in public. 

Police tell News 4 Tucson there are reports some people are selling narcotics in the park. 

Tucsonan Maria Lane is concerned most of all for the individuals who stay at De Anza. 

"I walk my dogs and I look around and I feel so sad," homeowner Maria Lane said.

TPD is staring a five-phase, months long project centering around De Anza Park in an effort to clean up the drug problem, get the homeless housing and help. 

"Try and get some of these folks into treatment, anyone who has a mental health nexus, get them treatment," Capt. Diana Duffy said. 

Lane knows De Anza is just a symptom of a larger problem. 

"We have a homeless epidemic, yes we do and it's very troubling," Lane said. 

Capt. Duffy argues over the next several months, the community has an important job. 

"Let's make the park inviting for the community, allow everybody to use it but use it respectfully," she said. "It's really for the community to adopt it, sustain it."

Police enforcement of state and city laws in the park is expected to start at the end of August. 

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