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APD, Parks officials looking into complaints of crime, lewd behavior at Barton Spillway

A popular spot just north of Barton Springs Pool has garnered the scrutiny of police and the parks department after complaints of lewd behavior, illegal substances and theft.

According to APD, there has been a 40 percent increase in crime related activities at the Barton Springs Spillway. Austin Parks and Recreation's Assistant Director Kimberly McNeeley says the number of complaints have increased too, "Some are saying they're really concerned about the behaviors and about the activities that are happening in the spillway. And would like for us to do something about that and they would prefer that we stop those activities from happening."

But McNeeley says others believe the spillway, affectionately called Barking Springs, is an iconic space where people have the right to hang out. Police and the parks department will unveil how they plan to handle the situation later today.

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