In 2012 the Park was a no-mans land. Gangs gathered there, burned equipment and intimidated people. Girls from English High School fought while others watched and videoed. Gunshots were heard. Drug users shot up. Drinking alcohol was normal behavior. Families would not send their children to the Park.
After 4 summers of gardening, gangs no longer frequent the Park. Alcohol and drug use dropped. Families are returning.
From the success of the garden and Park revival, and through the initiative of Food and Fitness coordinator Kristina Pechulis, the Parks Commission created Rules and Regulations for community gardens and allowed three more gardens to be built in Lynn.
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