In stark contrast to the Christie Pits site, which stopped accepting new trash yesterday after a group of activists rallied against their parklands becoming a dump, many Moss Park residents have quietly accepted the influx of trash in their green space.
The park, near Queen and Sherbourne, sits near three of the city’s largest homeless shelters, and is a popular refuge for the area’s underprivileged. There’s a playground, a community garden, a cricket field and a dog park.
“The garbage has to go somewhere,” said J.J. Witherspoon, a psychologist who has lived in the area for 16 years.
Joachim ?Kun, a 62-year-old drifter who has been sleeping in the park, has watched black trash bags slowly fill the nearby basketball courts.
“I really don’t notice the smell,” said Kun. “It’s OK right now.”
When the fences were erected 10 days ago, they stretched the length of the park, prompting several complaints from residents that they had been robbed of their public space.
On Thursday, the dump zone was reduced, the result of several fences being repeatedly knocked over.
“I seen people going over the fence to play soccer, to walk their dogs. They didn’t like it,” resident Danielle Humphreys said.
The site now sits adjacent to the Moss Park arena, away from the fields where a handful of people played baseball Saturday afternoon.
But that could change. If the current zone reaches capacity, the city would expand the dumpsite back onto the fields, city spokesperson Cheryn Thoun said.
Perry Missal, who has been lobbying the city to consider an alternate dumpsite, says the re-expansion would spur some major opposition among park users.