Santa Fe residents push for city to clean up Porta Potty at local park

New Mexico

It’s not where any of us would want to use the bathroom, but it’s the only place you can go when visiting a Santa Fe park. Now residents say the city needs to do something.

A Porta Potty at General Franklin E. Miles Park in Santa Fe has sparked a big conversation on Facebook after a photo was posted showing the unsanitary conditions. 

The pictures shows at least a dozen hypodermic needles left on the floor, along with tons of trash and a filthy toilet. 

“The name of the company was Fresh and Clean, and those bathrooms were anything but Fresh and Clean,” resident Gina Branch said. 

“Start the discussion and hopefully get something resolved, to either have someone come and remove the Porta Potties or have them clean them,” said another resident.

City officials say, unfortunately this isn’t an isolated incident. In fact, it’s something they’ve seen a lot of over the past four to six months. 

“Our crews have now been rescheduled out of medians and park work to do inspections of the Porta-Potties,” said John Munoz, Santa Fe Parks and Rec. 

Parks and Recreation says with 77 parks and limited man-power, it’s difficult to check each park daily. Residents aren’t accepting that answer. 

“I understand they’re short staffed, but my suggestion would be to contract. Have a contract that maybe comes and cleans up the parks,” a local said. 

The Porta Potties aren’t the only problem. KRQE News 13’s crew found homeless people living in the park’s dugouts. 

The city says it’s working to deal with it all. 

“We’re working with our police department, we’re working with community organizations to provide these folks help.” 

For now, the city says it’s removed the vandalized Porta Potty, but intend to replace it. 

The city says if you come across drug paraphernalia of any kind, contact Constituent Services at 505-955-6949. 

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