There has been a recent rise in homeless activity along the Burke Gilman Trail and near the Ballard Locks and it has some residents wondering what can be done to help the situation.
Mark, a Ballard resident who asked not to be named, has used the BGT to commute to his office downtown for the last six years. He said that just this summer he has noticed more individuals camping along the trail.
Last week Mark was running the Burke Gilman trail with his wife and four-year-old daughter. Mark said he was ahead of the two when he heard a man yell at his daughter for riding her bicycle in the “wrong” lane of the trail. Mark said the man was erratic and agitated.
Since the incident Mark has asked his wife to stop running the trail with their daughter without him.
“It makes me fearful of my wife running alone and also I fear what I ‘m capable of if something like that happened again. No one should ever yell at a four-year-old child like that,” said Mark.More ›