PALS member Suzanna Mak said a custodian now unlocks a gate to the playground on 11th and another gate between the playground and school for morning drop-offs and afternoon pick-ups.
Mak and a number of parents had let their children use the playground after school last Tuesday, she said. Mak describes seeing a woman in the play area, looking anxious, with her arms crossed and possibly carrying something. Mak states she initially thought it was a new parent trying to find their child.
“I think they brought it with them,” she said. “They would not have had time to make it there.”
“It’s hard to know what to think,” Mak said of the incident. “What you know is it was aimed at kids.”
It remains unclear when SDOT will reopen the popular pathway that had been used by parents and children, but also attracted drug users. An SDOT spokesman told the Capitol Hill Times the department, Seattle Police and the Department of Neighborhoods met with the school district and PTA on Monday, Sept. 19, to discuss issues surround the path. A timeline for reopening is expected by the end of the week, which will include a schedule for public input to “identify a long-term resolution by the end of the year.”