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A homeless camp in Maple Leaf?

June 17th, 2010 · 6 Comments

Rainbow Point park. Signs on Interstate 5 are visible through the trees.

Update: Thor has also notified the police and posted the camp on the Maple Leaf Community Council’s issue reporting map. He encourages others to call police if they have concerns. You can view the map here.


A regular reader e-mailed both us and the state Department of Transportation to say he and his family walked to a Maple Leaf park earlier this week and found what appeared to be a homeless camp alongside Interstate 5 at Northeast 75th Street.

“The other day my family walked to Rainbow Point park and noticed a homeless camp right next to the park, on the slope above I-5,” Thor writes. “The location is near the top of a slope southwest of the intersection of NE 75th St and NE Banner Place.”

In fact, Rainbow Point is a little-known park of a little over three-quarters of an acre, and just north of it, above the freeway, is the camp. Nobody was home when we went by this morning, but clearly one or more people had been there, as there were clothes, make-shift tables and dishes around.

The Transportation Department told Thor that they do clean out homeless camps on state property, with police present in case of disturbance, and would check out the one in Maple Leaf. “With a month left in the budget year, we have spent just short of $190,000 on cleaning up garbage from camps in Seattle,” the department wrote.

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