SEATTLE — City crews are clearing a large homeless encampment at Seattle’s Woodland Park Tuesday.
It’s an area that’s caused a lot of controversy and debate between those who want public safety and advocates for human rights.
Some local Phinney Ridge residents have been asking for a sweep for more than a year. Last September, several parents gathered at a nearby overpass to protest and demand a government intervention. At the time, residents held signs with messages like, “We want our parks back!”
Before the sweep, Woodland Park held Seattle’s largest park-based encampment.
”I think it’s a good thing overall. Long overdue. And I think the city has listened,” a resident told KIRO 7.
In January, the mayor’s office partnered with the King County Regional Homelessness Authority, Parks and Recreation Department and community leaders to develop a three-phase plan for the Woodland Park sweep.