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    ‘It gets worse and worse’; Residents upset by vandalism, homeless encampments

    People who enjoy the fields at North Green River Park are frustrated after someone drove over the grass, destroying the area and the ability to play youth soccer.

    According to the organization, the act of vandalism happened around Oct. 19 when a vandal drove onto the fields with a vehicle, causing extensive damage to the grass and creating deep ruts across 12.5 acres of fields.

    “They didn’t just drive on it,” said Aldridge. “They ripped through it. “There’s a lot of teams and a lot of young kids that now can’t play because those fields are messed up.”

    “It’s unsafe,” said Aldridge. “It’s not a homeless problem—it’s a lawless problem. If you look on the corner down there, it’s become a legal dump zone because officers can’t do anything.

    “We’ve had times where you hear gunshots going off during games or practices,” said Aldridge.

    We know crews have since filled in the dips on the soccer field. As for the homeless encampment, King County said it will be address the issue starting Monday.

    During that time, all vehicles will be required to permanently move. Barriers, fencing, and ‘no parking’ signage will be installed in the area to maintain public safety of the right of way.

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    Aldridge said he’s seen this type of outreach before. He just hopes this time, it’s a more permanent fix.


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