Controversial proposal would allow homeless to camp in Seattle city parks

The Seattle City Council is considering legislation that would allow temporary homeless camping in city parks. (KOMO Photo)

SEATTLE - A controversial proposal in Seattle could turn public parks into homeless campsites.

The legislation looks at turning some parks, greenbelts, and sidewalks into places for temporary homeless encampments, include Lawton Park in Magnolia.

David Gomez, a father of twin 9-year-old boys, said he's angry and worried.

“There's not going to be enough facilities. They're going to be allowed to camp in public places that are utilized primarily by children," said Gomez. "It's going to create a hazardous environment for them."

“I don't think it's a perfect solution,” said Juliana Soltis of Magnolia.

Soltis knows the homeless problem is a complicated one. But she said she doesn't think that allowing camping in parks is the answer.

“I think Seattle is experiencing a great amount of growth and needs to look at much more serious and progressive solutions,” said Soltis.

If the city council passes the camping legislation, tents could be popping up in other parks too, like parts of Discovery Park, Green Lake, and Kubota Gardens.

A special committee hearing on the proposal will be held Friday, October 14th at 9:30 a.m.

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