Samuels said he is confident the funds will be secured and when it is, the entire park will still be closed for renovations as originally planned.
That part of the plan doesn’t sit well with some people. Online petitions still circulate to keep a portion of the park open during renovations for those who rely on it daily, like the homeless.
“They need to be quiet, for real,” said one homeless woman who wanted to be identified as Treasure. “They need to cut that out.”