City's Novel Way to Oust Perverts: Build a Tiny Park ... because sex offenders can't live nearby By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Mar 1, 2013 4:11 PM CST 84 comments Comments Stock photo (Shutterstock) (Newser) – Los Angeles has started building a city park that will be smaller than some backyards, only one-fifth of an acre in size. No matter, explains the LA Times. The point isn't to celebrate the great outdoors, it's to force 33 registered sex offenders out of an apartment building in the Harbor Gateway neighborhood. They'll have to move by the time the park is finished this summer because state law prevents such convicts from living within 2,000 feet of a park or school. Two other city "pocket parks" are in the works, for exactly the same reason, even though critics say they infringe on the rights of convicts and will force them into even more condensed pockets of the city.