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About those Givens Park rumors
Thursday, September 21, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano
Taking matters into her own hands, Council Member Ora Houston has issued an alert notifying her District 1 residents that Givens Park Recreation Center will not be transformed into a shelter for those experiencing homelessness, nor will Givens Park be turned into a dog park. While the rec center was identified as a city-owned property that could be used as a shelter, Houston said it is not under consideration to be used that way in an email from her office. As for the dog park, Houston clarified that Givens Park will be undergoing a master planning process over the next few months and she encouraged residents to participate in that process. As for her own position on the matters, Houston wrote, “I do not support Givens Recreation Center being used as temporary housing for individuals experiencing homelessness, nor do I support Givens Park becoming a dog park. In addition, I do not support any recreation centers located in neighborhoods being used for temporary shelter.”
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