Camping allowed in Queen Anne parks? Proposed City Council plan includes Queen Anne parks & sidewalks
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:
Community meeting focuses on the future of Smith Cove Park
You can impact that very future by attending a Seattle Parks and Recreation public meeting to discuss improvements to Smith Cove Park this Thursday, October 6th from 6:30pm to 8pm at the Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center, 3801 Discovery Park Blvd.
At the meeting, residents can learn about the project, meet the design team, and provide feedback and input on the design of the waterfront park. The project develops the recently acquired 4.9 acre waterfront property and makes improvements to the existing playfield at Smith Cove Park.
An expanded Smith Cove Park will provide recreational opportunities for all ages and abilities, increase environmental-sensitivity, and make the park inviting and usable for more people. Proposed improvements include:
- Athletic sport (field play)
- Medium to large events (fairs, social club events)
- Playing sand volleyball
- Safe connections for pedestrians, bikes, and vehicles
- Small gatherings (picnics)
- Wildlife watching
- Trail walking
- Children’s play
- Kayaking and craft boating
Seattle residents have been enjoying the natural area just west of Pier 91 at the base of Magnolia for years. You can learn more about Smith Cove’s history from 1850 to present day at the meeting, and help shape it’s future going forward.
Thoughts on Bhy Kracke Park? Attend Wednesday’s QACC meeting to learn about renovations
If you use Bhy Kracke Park and have input on future improvements, mark this week’s Queen Anne Community Council meeting on your calendar. This Wednesday, September 7th, the QACC hosts Seattle Parks and Recreation at its regular monthly meeting. The meeting begins at 7:30pm at Queen Anne Manor (100 Crockett St).
Seattle Parks and Recreation is planning to start the Bhy Kracke Park project next summer, with an estimated completion date of Fall 2017. Planning kicked off last week and runs through Spring 2017, with the QACC meeting as the first public meeting. Residents are invited to attend and ask questions of the Project Manager and also provide feedback.
Seattle Park District provides $261,000 for planning, design and construction. Planned improvements include new retaining walls, wider pathways, and plant restoration. Parks is also looking for input on the arbor to the south of the playground. The playground will be closed during the restoration work.
The QACC agenda also includes elections and committee reports – you do not need to be a QACC member to attend to discuss Bhy Kracke Park (or any other QACC meeting).
7:30 – Adoption of Agenda
7:35 – Open Forum-comments from the attendees
7:45 – Bye Kracke Park-Seattle Parks
8:30 – QACC annual election committee
8:35 – Committee Reports
9:25 – New Business
Uptown Alliance meets Thursday: Updated agenda with Sound Transit, Uptown Urban Framework, and more
The Uptown Alliance is kicking off the year with its first meeting of 2016. In addition to officer elections, the agenda includes presentations on the Uptown Urban Design Framework and parking study, the Roy St shelter, and an update on Uptown parks. All are welcome to attend the meeting at 7pm, Thursday, January 14, 2015 in the Community Room at the EXPO Apartments (100 Republican St).
Here’s the full agenda:
7:00 – 7:10 Welcome and introductions
7:05 – 7:50 Sound Transit 3 presentation
7:10 – 7:20 Uptown Urban Design Framework & parking study
7:20 – 7:30 157 Roy shelter update
7:30 – 7:40 Queen Anne Land Use Review Committee (LURC) update
7:40 – 7:50 Uptown Parks Activation update
7:50 – 8:00 Transportation committee update
8:00 – 8:30 Election of Uptown Alliance officers for 2016
8:30 – 9:00 Topics of concern, approve November meeting minutes
Seattle Parks recruiting park users for focus groups on dog parks and more
You may recall the Seattle Parks survey on off-leash dog parks that we posted on back in July. The survey was just part 1 of a 3-part approach to arrive at a plan for dog parks (aka off-leash areas or OLAs). The OLA Strategic plan will identify a long-term plan for the City’s existing 14 OLAs, and for maintenance, acquisition, and expansion of OLA projects.
Dog owners and non-dog owners alike are encouraged to participate. The City is looking for people use the Parks system; it’s ultimately seeking a diverse group of people who can speak for the variety of uses and needs our Park system serves.
The focus groups will consist of conversations about how the City can balance the needs of people and dogs in parks. There are currently only 14 Off Leash Areas in the entire city, and only one on Queen Anne at Lower Kinnear Park – a great location for those on Lower Queen Anne/Uptown, but not so convenient for those residents further up the hill or on North Queen Anne.
To participate, fill out the online form and at the end of the questionnaire, you’ll be able to choose from seven different meeting times/places:
- Tuesday 10/13, 6-8pm, Green Lake Community Center
- Thursday 10/15, 6-8pm, Camp Long
- Saturday 10/17, 10-12pm, Jefferson Golf Clubhouse
- Saturday 10/17, 1:30-3:30pm, Garfield Community Center
- Tuesday 10/20, 9:30-11:30am, Magnuson Campus
- Wednesday 10/21, 6:30-8:30pm, Bitter Lake Community Center
- Tuesday 10/27, 6-8pm, Magnolia Community Center
Apply to participate in a focus group here by Friday, October 9th. The City will contact you on Monday, October 12th if you’re selected to join in the discussion, and keep the momentum going on getting more dog parks in the city.
Dog owners, take heed and leash your pets at Queen Anne parks or face fines
A reader alerted us to increased Big Howe Park patrols by Seattle Animal Shelter officers. They are issuing tickets to owners of unleashed dogs and multiple citations have been doled out by SAS. I checked around, and West Seattle Blog has reported that SAS is back up to full staff this year and will be increasing patrols of city parks.
Per the WSB:
“Seattle Animal Shelter says it’s back up to full staff and so, as director Don Jordan puts it, “folks not only in Lincoln Park but around the city will see a more-concerted effort back in the parks again to (encourage) off-leash compliance and compliance with our licensing law.”
SAS is definitely now upping their patrols on Queen Anne, and the fees are not cheap. In addition to be cited for having your dog off-leash, you can also be subject to fees for not having a pet license or carrying poop bags. The full list of violations and associated fees is online.
While we have a few un-official dog parks on Queen Anne, the only place to allow your pet to legally roam without a leash is in city-sanctioned off leash areas. If you are looking for legal options, try Lower Kinnear Park’s off-leash area, or hop over to Magnolia Manor.