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September 2, 6:45 PM click here to comment > 1

Public safety emphasis patrols in Cal Anderson

It started with a tweet. Local mom Laura Stockwell tweeted at us – “dear @mayormcginn please clean up cal anderson park. drunks are out of hand. not safe. can no longer go there w/ kids to play. where’s spd?”

We have staff constantly monitoring our twitter feed, so we responded right away that we’d look into it.

While we were coordinating with police and Seattle Parks and Recreation about the issue, Capitol Hill Blog heard about Laura’s efforts and published this story. Hundreds of people jumped in to comment. Some agreed with Laura that Cal Anderson wasn’t a safe place for kids. Others were concerned that unsheltered people seeking a place to spend the day would be unfairly targeted. But the issue clearly struck a chord in the community.

Today we’re announcing a new emphasis on public safety in Cal Anderson Park. We’ve asked Seattle Parks and Recreation to deploy more Park Rangers to Cal Anderson. Park Rangers are stewards of our downtown parks, making sure visitors know how to get where they’re going, that people respect the rules of park use, and that everyone feels safe and welcome in our parks. In addition, the nearby East Precinct will deploy additional foot and bicycle patrols to the park, and their mobile outreach team will reach out to unsheltered people in the park to connect them to human services programs. Now that we’ve identified a problem, we’ll be working to make sure that Cal Anderson is a safe and welcoming place for people from all walks of life.

So don’t hesitate to reach out to us – whether through our facebook page, our twitter feed, the mayor’s email address, or speaking to the mayor directly at one of our many public events.

Posted by: April Thomas

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