But there is another secret. Something one neighbor has named the crooked truth.
"We've had homeless issues, gangs kids coming to drink, drugs," resident Henry Wimmer said adding that neighbors have been trying to get help to clean up their neighborhood for years.
The problem: jurisdiction.
The McKinley Square Park Foundation has brought together a daunting list of agencies.
Graffiti is now being painted, police are on patrol and Caltrans says it has spent $187,000 in the last six month regularly clearing the property along the freeway.
But the job is far from over. As soon as agencies clear an area, residents say the encampments come back.
But neighborhoods are not giving up. They are working to redesign the park. Residents hope lighting and thinner greenery will help them take the park back.
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