Plan to rid Pe­dion tou Areos park of crim­i­nal el­e­ments

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Re­gional au­thor­i­ties yes­ter­day un­veiled a plan aimed at clean­ing up Pe­dion tou Areos park in cen­tral Athens, where drug deal­ing and pros­ti­tu­tion re­main rife de­spite pledges by suc­ces­sive gov­ern­ments to im­prove the sit­u­a­tion.

A pri­vate firm has been hired to guard the park and soon an in­ter­na­tional ten­der will be an­nounced for san­i­ta­tion, At­tica Re­gional Gover­nor Rena Dourou told a press con­fer­ence.

Mean­while 776,433 eu­ros in re­gional au­thor­ity funds have been set aside for a joint pro­gram with the Or­ga­ni­za­tion Against Drugs OKANA and Ther­apy Cen­ter for De­pen­dent In­di­vid­u­als (KETHEA) aimed at keep­ing sub­stance abuse vic­tims away from the park.

“We are light-years away from hav­ing a Euro­pean park,” Dourou con­ceded, not­ing how­ever that ef­forts would be made to draw the pub­lic back to Pe­dion tou Areos. One plan is to or­ga­nize cul­tural events in the park, Deputy Re­gional Gover­nor for At­tica Er­mina Kypri­an­idou told re­porters.

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