Late last year, a group of neighborhood volunteers announced the formation of the Friends of Meridian Park (FOMP), an officially sanctioned “Friends of” of the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department. They’ve been meeting and pulling together a set of recommendations and are hoping to get some public input on priorities. Would you mind taking this short, five question survey for them?
From what I can tell, the big challenge with Meridian Park is the same one facing open spaces around Seattle: a growing homeless population, many of whom have mental and substance abuse problems, with nowhere to go except into the same public spaces that families seeking safe, comfortable outdoor recreation are using. I know that the bushes around Meridian were cut back some time ago to reduce the areas where intravenous drug users could use out of site (better than doing it plain sight, I guess), and the covered picnic area is often occupied similarly. Like everyone else, I don’t have any answers, but I encourage you to share whatever experiences you’ve had with FOMP, so they can put their minds to it.
(Photo by CAJC: In the PNW)