MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Three sexual assaults are among the recent crimes reported at the Powderhorn Park encampment. The sexual assaults at Powderhorn Park took place on June 26, June 28, and July 5, the Park Board told Patch.
An arrest was made in the July 5 assault, and one man has been charged in the June 28 incident.
There have been no arrests in the June 26 incident, which involved a minor who was sexually assaulted.
In June, the Minneapolis Park Board passed a resolution allowing people with no permanent housing to stay in the city's parks. The resolution works in conjunction with Gov. Tim Walz's executive order that — with some exceptions — prevents the removal of homeless people from public sites amid the economic crisis caused by the spread of coronavirus.
There are now an estimated 560 tents at Powderhorn Park. At least 38 of the city's 180 parks have tents in them, according to official estimates.
Park staff have added 24 portable toilets, 50 trash containers, three handwashing stations, and one stand-alone restroom building to Powderhorn Park. The Park Board has also boosted maintenance staffing to support cleaning and assistance for food shelf services.
The city says it's spending $15,700 per week in rentals and additional staff services