KING5 obtained two maps prepared by the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and Seattle Parks and Recreation that outline the parks and sidewalks that could be suitable for homeless camping if a new ordinance is approved by the Seattle City Council this Friday, October 14th.
In addition to notable Seattle parks the Arboretum and Discovery Park, these maps include quite a few locations on Queen Anne, including:
- Kerry Park
- Marshall Park
- Rodgers Park
- Bhy Kracke Park
- Northeast Queen Anne Greenbelt
- Queen Anne Boulevard / Crown of Queen Anne (residential streets)
- Wolf Creek Ravine (below McGraw St Bridge)
- Kinnear Park
- Sidewalk near Seattle Pacific University
- Sidewalk near Galer Stairs at Galer & Queen Anne Ave N
- Sidewalks adjacent to Seattle Center
- Sidewalks surrounding Nickerson & Emerson St overpass
- 15th Ave W sidewalks in Interbay
- Elliott Ave sidewalks
Per the language in the proposal, 167 miles of sidewalks and nearly 5,200 acres of city parks and greenbelts would be open for camping. All of the above spots and more are on the proposed maps – excerpts that show Queen Anne are below:
Parks & Greenbelts (click for full map):
Sidewalks (click for full map)
“It’s just not in the public interest in my view. The legislation, as it’s written today, would essentially create a right to camp in the city, and as long as you keep moving you can camp in the city forever.”
If you have feedback, questions, or concerns about this proposal, contact the Seattle City Council. You can find contact information for all City Councilmembers (phone and email) at this link. Our Councilmember is Sally Bagshaw, and Tim Burgess and Lorena Gonzalez are City-wide Councilmembers.
You are welcome to contact any and all of the members of the City Council. To learn more about how this same approach to camping in parks and on sidewalks worked out in Portland, check out Danny Westneat’s Seattle Times article, Now Seattle Wants to Copy Portland’s Disastrous Homeless Camping Policy.
If you have concerns, questions, or feedback on how the City maintains and operates the parks that taxpayers fund, contact the City Council, the Seattle Park District, or Jesus Aguirre, Superintendent, Seattle Parks and Recreation. Contact the City Council before Friday, October 14th, when this proposal goes to a vote.
EDIT: While contact information is linked in the post above, many people are still asking for contact information. Here’s a list: