Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Report Of Possible Homeless Person Near Center For Urban Horticulture

Following our post about an unusual person several residents encountered near the UW Botanic Gardens’ Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st Street)  on June 17, we received several similar emails.

One said:
I've ridden my bike through there to and from work at the UW daily for the past two years. Only once, about a month ago, have I seen someone alarming on the trail.  
The fellow last month, who was hiking out around 8am, had the appearance, wet pants and disheveled appearance, of of being homeless and having slept somewhere in the swamp.  I hope no one is settling in there.

Connie Sidles, local birding expert who maintains a blog documenting the many types of birds, including beautiful pictures, at the nearby Union Bay Natural Area, also known as the Montlake Fill, said: 
You might consider writing a post for your blog suggesting that people call 911 right away. The police (both city and UW) usually respond quickly to any on-campus threats

And Fred Hoyt, Associate Director, UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences College of the Environment, said:
Thank you for forwarding this bit of information along to us at the UW Botanic Gardens.  At this time, we have not received any reports of people acting in a strange or threatening manner.  You could check with the Campus Police to see if they have had any reports that we are unaware about.  
It is good that the person(s) who contacted you did so in order that others are aware.  The advice we give to our faculty, staff, students, and visitors is if you are in a situation that makes you feel uncomfortable, call 911. 

The Laurelhurst Blog Staff sent email to UW campus police several weeks and never received a response.

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