In general, the homeless population prefers to be in areas that are hidden from public view. Currently, portions of the Arcade-Cripple Creek Trail corridor are overgrown or otherwise not visible to the general public which can result in homeless camps or other related activities. The construction of the Arcade-Cripple Creek Trail will reduce overgrown vegetation and introduce legitimate trail users to the corridor which will discourage homeless activity. In addition, by improving the trail the Citrus Heights Police Department, Sacramento Sheriff’s Department, and the Fulton-El Camino Recreation and Park District’s Police Division will have improved access to the corridor allowing regular patrols and improved ability to respond.
In 2013, Sunrise Recreation and Park District constructed the Arcade Creek Park Preserve including a 1/3 mile multi-use trail. The park was constructed on land that was formerly overgrown and heavily used by the homeless population. As part of the construction of the project, the overgrown areas were cleaned up and legitimate trail and park users introduced to the park. As a result, the homeless population moved away from the park and the park continues to be heavily used by families, trail users and children.