'Use it or lose it,' community council encourages trail use

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Concerned about crime in the neighborhood, the Rogers Park Community Council gathered at Chester Creek Trail Sunday in support of "taking back their trails."

The "Take Back Our Trails" committee is about encouraging community members to use Anchorage's trails and parks in an effort to help lower crime and feel safer, Marilyn Pillifant, Rogers Park Community Council President said.

"There have been a number of situations where people have not felt comfortable so, they have avoided being on the trails and in the parks and it just became impossible to take any more," Pillifant said.

Homeless camps continue to be a hot topic of discussion for city lawmakers working to combat the issue.

In December, the Anchorage Assembly passed an ordinance to decrease the length of homeless camp clean up from fifteen to ten days.

The Anchorage Assembly also passed a budget to include half a million dollars for finding solutions to help end homelessness.

"My hope is that people can get the streets back and the way to take our streets is to get involved. If you want your streets back get involved," Reverend Marcus Sanders of Greater Friendship Baptist Church said.

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