Violent crimes in the Roxhill Park neighborhood have prompted the Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council to send a letter to Mayor Elect Ed Murray asking that some action be taken to remedy the situation. Limited sight lines, bus layovers, poor lighting, and few patrols are matters cited in the letter.
WWRAH Council is 'fed up' with crimes near Roxhill Park; Letter sent to Mayor Elect Murray
Citing a string of violent crimes in and near Roxhill Park including the reported rape of a 12 year old girl last week, the Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council has sent a letter to Mayor Elect Ed Murray.
In the letter they list the most notable crimes and point the finger at Metro, stating that since the area along Barton Street was designated as a Transit Hub, Metro, "has failed to be a good neighbor."
Here's the text of their letter:
December 17, 2013
Mayor Elect, Ed Murray Seattle City Hall
Re: Roxhill Park
Dear Mayor Elect Murray,
Roxhill Park is located on the Southern border of West Seattle across from the area’s largest shopping center. It is a natural peat bog with thousands of native plants and the head of Longfellow Creek - a beautiful gem within the City. In November 2012, a new playground and skate park were built with Community volunteer time and materials, a Department of Neighborhoods grant and the Parks Levy. Since its official opening in April 2013, Roxhill Park is constantly busy with Neighborhood families.
However, along with more minor offenses such as theft, fighting, drinking, illegal camping, littering and the constant battle with graffiti; Roxhill Park has seen the following serious crimes:
December 12, 2013 – A 12 year old girl reportedly raped
November 3, 2013 – A parent has a knife pulled on him at the sandbox at 2:00 pm
October 14, 2013 – A man is beaten almost to death on a path on the South side of the
October 10, 2013 – Two people are stabbed on the Northern edge of the park
January 25, 2013 – Four 13 year olds are robbed by an 18 and 16 year old with a
The increase in crime has coincided with Metro Transit’s designation of this area as a transit hub. Although a transit hub is appreciated, Metro has failed to be a good neighbor.
We have asked them on several occasions to address the following:
Bus layovers on Barton St create a visual barrier into Roxhill Park
Lack of proper lighting along the bus stop (which extends to 29th Ave SW)
Lack of consistent clean up at the facility
Lack of proper planning for bus layovers – buses are also lined up along 25th Ave SW
creating visual barriers into and out of Westwood Village
Lack of Metro Transit Police patrolling the Hub
The effective cut off of services in White Center – DSHS, Salvation Army & the food
Our Community Council has been engaging our neighbors, SPD, Parks, Metro Transit and local businesses on ways to address the problems we are seeing in the Park, and many have responded with help. However, as a Community, we are frustrated with the lack of sustained progress in reducing crime. We can understand a lack of funding, but what we can’t understand is a lack of priorities.
One thing is certain: We are fed up and we need help.
This Community is vibrant. We are diverse, tolerant, caring and civically minded. We take ownership and responsibility for our Neighborhood and everything in it. It is our unequivocal expectation that our Elected officials and agencies do the same.
Amanda Kay Helmick, Chair Eric Iwamoto, Co-Chair
Joe Szilagyi, Secretary WWRHAH CC firstname.lastname@example.org wwrhah.org
Tom Rasumussen, City Council Member Sally Bagshaw, City Council Member
Dow Constantine, King County Executive Joseph Kessler, SW Precinct Captain, SPD Dave Jutilla, Metro Transit Police
Carol Baker, Seattle Parks Department Officer Jonathan Flores, CPO with SPD Officer Jon Kiehn, CPO with SPD