SEATTLE – A recent spike in violent crimes at Seattle city parks is prompting city leaders to assign park rangers to patrol Cal Anderson and Occidental parks as well as increasing police patrols.
Mayor Mike McGinn and interim Seattle Police Chief Jim Pugel announced the new investments into public safety at city parks Thursday morning.
There has been a number of stabbings and a sexual assault at Cal Anderson Park in the past two weeks.
"It's very surprising and concerning I feel like the city did put in safety measures,” said Ty Garland who walks his dog at the park. “They put in new lighting and lights near the bathrooms. It's surprising these things are still happening.”
Police also broke up a large teen fight club in Golden Gardens in Ballard last weekend. Forty juveniles were spotted by police in the early morning hours, cheering on a group of people who were fighting.
A new Capitol Hill neighborhood watch group called "Social Outreach Seattle” marched Wednesday night. Their plan is to get local businesses and neighbors trained by police on how to prevent and report crime.
"I live right at the Starbucks. There was someone stabbed two days ago. That's why I'm here. It seems like it's getting more prevalent and we just need better understanding about how to keep yourself safe," said Jason Jacobs.