Paying to play in city parks...whether of not they use the recreation areas, residents foot the bill. 
               
   The city claims its park protection program is a success, where tens of thousands of dollars are spent every month to safeguard bathrooms and other park facilities.
    Some would argue, grounds may be better protected but they are still under-used because residents doesn't feel any safer where homeless have taken over parks.

Like the tides going in and out at the beach, there is an ebb and flow at a number of Oahu parks. Homeless encampments move in and out on a daily basis.

"At times it is frustrating because they tell us to move here, then they tell us to move out. I think it is not fair,"
said homeless residents Edgar DeLamontanye.

In addition to police moving homeless off sidewalks, those who camp at nine Honolulu parks are also cleared out by security hired by the city.

"They don't enforce it like the police does, they are human about it. Which is good because these people have been through hell," stated Honolulu resident Howard DeLaFuente.

According to a city spokesman, there has been a marked drop in vandalism at parks with patrols, but it comes at a cost of about $1,500 per day.

Only a few people could be found reading or relaxing in parks Tuesday afternoon. 
The grassy grounds were largely empty, except for the homeless.
Several park users did tell us they noticed a little improvement in the cleaniness of the grounds since the city program began a few months ago. 
 
"It has been better. Yes, it has improved," added DeLaFuente.

But others said they still stay away because of the tents and gathering of homeless.

Te Maioha doesn't have a problem going to Crane Park to practice his basketball skills, but said the large encampment of homeless in or around the park does deter others he knows. 

"It doesn't look like a friendly looking neighborhood here. There are random people showing up from all kinds of walks of life, it is kind of scary," added Maioha.

According to those who live at Crane Park, at times there may be up to 50 people camping there. Moving in and out throughout the day, and only periodically leaving when they are swept away by police.
 
"They seem to leave for a little while, but when they come back they come back in bigger groups because they know the park has been cleared," added Maioha.

The city's park protection service costs $44,0000 each month and will continue at least through May.