Dozens of people attended a barbecue Saturday in Modesto's McClatchy Square aimed at protesting a decision by the City Council to restrict use of the downtown park.
The plan -- approved June 2 -- essentially takes back the park from the homeless by requiring people to make reservations and pay fees to use it.
On Saturday, a homeless man said he considers the park his "own little community" and takes great care to keep it clean and safe.
"We're not bad people," said Roger Reynolds, 33. "The community out there doesn't want us. They want us to disappear."