Playground Homeless Woman Concerns Parents - Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston

Playground Homeless Woman Concerns Parents

Posted: Updated:
PHILADELPHIA -

Parents at a Port Richmond playground say they fear for their kids' safety.

They feel intimidated by a street person living, nearly full time, in the park!

We've blurred the woman's face, since she did nothing wrong while FOX 29 was there.

But folks who use Monkievwicz Recreation Center say this woman is here all hours of the day and night, harassing anyone who comes near.

City officials say she's been in and out of shelters for months.

But she always ends up back at Monkiewicz.

The signs clearly prohibit entry to the park from ten at night, through 6am.

But Tatiana Rajic says she often sees the woman here, well after midnight.

"She sleeps there every night," says Rajic, "Yeah. when I come home from work, I see her;she's always sleeping out there."

Len Mace was out practicing golf with his 8 year old daughter Rachel when we visited.

They've seen the homeless woman many times.

"It's disturbing for young children to see something like that," remarked Mace. "It would be nice for her not to be here."

Monkeiewicz is home to a thriving daycamp for young children.

Moms are conflicted about the daily presence of the homeless woman.

"It's a shame because she's human and she deserves better," said a mom. "Maybe somebody should take her to a shelter or something..."

As we said, that's happened, repeatedly, to no avail.

We tried to talk to the woman, to try and understand why she returns here, instead of accepting help at a shelter...

And we called the city's Recreation Commissioner, Susan Slawson.

"She's been asked to leave," replied Slawson. "She's been escorted from the park. She continues to come back."

Within minutes, a homeless outreach van was on the scene.

We agreed not to shoot their interaction with the homeless woman, as they tried to get her help-- away from this children's playground.

  • Bruce Gordon ReportsMore>>

  • Baby That Needs Specialized Formula Receives Overwhelming Support

    Baby That Needs Specialized Formula Receives Overwhelming Support

    Thursday, August 14 2014 9:59 PM EDT2014-08-15 01:59:13 GMT
    Insurance policies have rules governing what's covered and what's not. Generally, they make sense. The rules are designed to prevent unreasonable costs from being passed along to the insurer, and by extension to other insurance customers. But listen to Sheree Kober's story. 
    Insurance policies have rules governing what's covered and what's not. Generally, they make sense. The rules are designed to prevent unreasonable costs from being passed along to the insurer, and by extension to other insurance customers. But listen to Sheree Kober's story. 

  • Getting Results: Resident Fed Up With Living Next To Vacant Home

    Getting Results: Resident Fed Up With Living Next To Vacant Home

    Wednesday, June 11 2014 10:24 PM EDT2014-06-12 02:24:23 GMT
    Fox 29 is working to get results for one local woman who fears for her safety.In a region filled with rowhomes, a homeowners’ worst nightmare is the home next door becoming vacant, and slowly disintegrating.Sharon Redwood says she's owned her home on West 6th Street in Chester, Delaware County, for most of her adult life.She says the place next door has been vacant for years.It’s become an eyesore, and a dangerous one at that."The roof has fallen from the third floor, down to the basement. (F...
    Fox 29 is working to get results for one local woman who fears for her safety.In a region filled with rowhomes, a homeowners’ worst nightmare is the home next door becoming vacant, and slowly disintegrating.Sharon Redwood says she's owned her home on West 6th Street in Chester, Delaware County, for most of her adult life.She says the place next door has been vacant for years.It’s become an eyesore, and a dangerous one at that."The roof has fallen from the third floor, down to the basement. (F...
  • Philadelphia Police Says #NoSavesies To Public Parking

    Philadelphia Police Says #NoSavesies To Public Parking

    Wednesday, January 29 2014 7:10 PM EST2014-01-30 00:10:03 GMT
    It follows major snowstorms like day follows night, the practice of using old junk to save the parking space you just dug out!
    It follows major snowstorms like day follows night, the practice of using old junk to save the parking space you just dug out!
  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Vigil Held For Teen Killed On North Philadelphia Basketball Court

    Vigil Held For Teen Killed On North Philadelphia Basketball Court

    Thursday, August 28 2014 12:48 AM EDT2014-08-28 04:48:59 GMT
    A shooting on a North Philadelphia basketball court has left a 17-year-old man dead.
    A shooting on a North Philadelphia basketball court has left a 17-year-old man dead.
  • Swedesboro Liquor Store Owner Accused Of Racist Comments

    Local Liquor Store Owner Accused Of Racist Comments

    Thursday, August 28 2014 12:31 AM EDT2014-08-28 04:31:44 GMT
    A quiet little liquor store in Gloucester County is stirring up a big controversy. The store's owner is under fire accused of making racist comments to customers.
    A quiet little liquor store in Gloucester County is stirring up a big controversy. The store's owner is under fire accused of making racist comments to customers.
  • Police: Man Kills Wife At Hospital; Son Found Dead In Home

    Police: Man Kills Wife At Hospital; Son Found Dead In Home

    Thursday, August 28 2014 12:28 AM EDT2014-08-28 04:28:18 GMT
    Authorities say a man shot and killed his wife, then shot himself at a New Jersey hospital around 9:25 a.m. on Wednesday morning.
    Authorities say a man shot and killed his wife, then shot himself at a New Jersey hospital around 9:25 a.m. on Wednesday morning.
Powered by WorldNow

25 FOX Drive
Dedham, MA 02026

Phone (781) 467-2525

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices