Steinberg said the longstanding problem has worsened since the park has been closed. She described visitors at night throwing trash, yelling at residents, trespassing on property and blocking mailboxes with their parked vehicles.
“Parking should be provided by the federal park service and not at the expense of the well-being and safety of residents,” said Steinberg. “In these times of ordinary citizens carrying guns, the loss of tempers — because streets aren’t wide enough for two-way traffic — can be a powder keg that needs to be diffused. This is a matter of feeling secure and not threatened in Sandy Springs.”
Neighbors have also complained about park visitors on social media. In April, Sandy Springs Police community outreach officer Cory Begeal posted on the Nextdoor neighborhood website that police will impound vehicles that create a hazardous situation.
During the meeting, Bauman said the city is committed to resolving the problem. Bauman told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that in addition to the no parking signs, he expects the problem to lessen when the park reopens.
“We want people to visit parks,” Bauman said. “This has been a very unique situation.”