Condoms in trees surprise park officials B
austin, texas» Austin health department workers hung bags of condoms and information about safe sex from trees at a park — without informing their bosses or the local parks department, according to a newspaper report.
The bags in Walnut Creek Park, which has been pointed to as a place of HIV transmission particularly among gay men, were taken down Thursday, the Austin American Statesman reported. Park officials thought they were litter, not part of a city initiative.
Austin Public Health Director Shannon Jones said staff members put the unknown number of bags containing condoms, lube and safe sex information in the park last month and replenished them Wednesday. He told newspaper that there is a departmental vetting process for such initiatives and “we have reminded our staff of that.”