Neighbors worry about park sleepers

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Residents in one east Bakersfield neighborhood say homeless people are taking over their park, and they want it back.

Neighbors around Heritage Park say not only are many homeless people spending the day, they're also spending the night - so much so, many residents there say they no longer want to hang out at their favorite park.

Residents around Heritage Park say most of the homeless people are hanging out in the park's Garden of Fragrance area.

Eyewitness News spoke to one of the park's homeless residents who says he's been camping at the park for about three months now, since he lost his job. The former painter spends many an evening in Heritage Park and says he completely understands the neighbors concerns but wants to assure them that he and the other Heritage Park homeless people mean no harm.

But, the fact remains, camping or sleeping overnight in a public park is against the law.

We checked with Bakersfield police, who say no complaints have been made to their department in the past 30 days against the homeless either camping or sleeping overnight at the park.