Müll liegt auf einer Wiese im James-Simon-Park. Die Grünanlage steht immer noch im Focus der politischen Diskussion. So wurde der Park in der Nacht zum Samstag von der Polizei geräumt. Mehrere hundert Menschen hatten dort gefeiert. Dabei kam es zu körperlichen Übergriffen. +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

The Mitte district imposed a night-time alcohol ban in James-Simon-Park and Monbijoupark. This was announced by the district office on Thursday evening. This is a reaction to the repeated party excesses. It is therefore forbidden to consume and carry alcohol in the two parks between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. The corresponding general decree applies from Friday, July 22nd and is limited to September 11th.

“The legal basis for the arrangement is the Berlin Law on Green Spaces,” the district office explains the procedure.

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In the past few weeks, hundreds of people have gathered in James Simon Park, especially in the evenings. As a result, “the recreational function and the ecological value of the green area have been significantly reduced,” writes the district office in its statement. “The vegetation is particularly damaged by wild urination, the park is heavily littered in the morning, broken glass makes it dangerous to use the lawns, and there is massive noise pollution at night.”

Alcohol is the main reason for the problems. A corresponding ban is the mildest means of protecting the green area and its functions.

District Mayor Stephan von Dassel (Greens) announced an alcohol ban a few days ago in an interview with the Tagesspiegel. (tsp)