West Tampa Little League forced to play around urine, feces

Parents say homeless are sleeping in dugouts
Posted at 5:59 PM, Jul 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-07 18:01:47-04

The West Tampa Little League says their kids have been forced to play around feces, urine and trash because the homeless are breaking into their practice field and sleeping there.

They say the homeless are leaving behind everything from clothes to cans and rotting trash in the dugout area.

"It's still that lingering smell and you know, our kids are being exposed to this," said Shannon Spencer, a little league parent.

Now, the problem is going beyond just a smelly, dirty situation, parents said.

Parents say within the last week, the homeless are approaching families and kids asking them to buy items like fidget spinners. She said it's frightening the players.

"It's kind of scary because we don't know what they're going to do," said Hailey Spencer, Shannon's 11-year-old daughter.

Parents tell ABC Action News homeless individuals tore down one big gate and fence to break into the concession area of the West Tampa Little League field. Other gates around the field are also broken.

"There's no boundaries and there's no barriers," Spencer said.

The West Tampa Little League families are now cleaning up the trash and feces daily. But now, the problem has gotten so bad, they say they need help.

ABC Action News contacted the City of Tampa Parks Department and alerted them to the problem. 

City crews responded and assessed the situation within hours and are working to secure the gates and help with cleanup.