Extra security eyed for NYC park

June 22, 2009 1:02:02 PM PDT
Organizers say plans for a private security force won't change the famously creative atmosphere in Manhattan's Washington Square Park. The New York Post says the plans are designed to keep the refurbished park from reverting to an open-air drug market.

A longtime Greenwich Village resident, lawyer Ron Kuby, expressed concern. He fears the character of the park could change from "a free-wheeling street-theater scene" to something resembling backyard terraces.

The Coalition for a Better Washington Square Park says it merely wants to protect the great strides being made there, including a $16 million renovation.

Donations would be used to hire off-duty officers to beef up police patrols.

The extra security and maintenance could be in effect by next summer.


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