Homer Harris, for whom the park at 24th & Howell (behind the YMCA on 23rd) is named, has passed away. He was able to attend the dedication ceremony for the park in 2005.
It has long been my concern that the park would become a haven for the people who used to hang out outside Club Chocolate City and Deano's Grocery Store. That has not yet happened (some of them seem to have gone to 23rd & Union), but I remain concerned. Legitimate park uses are the best deterrant. I would encourage those living nearby to find ways to keep the park lively: walk there, play there, barbecue there, etc.
There was an independant outdoor film series there a couple of years ago, but the adult themes of some of the movies caused some concerns.