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Last week, the city announced the closure of a 9-month pilot program Golden gardens, Ballard Beach Park, at 10 p.m., but nothing for Alki. Today – four days after a deadly shooting – an ad that Alki will close this early, but only for the next four nights:
Seattle Parks and Recreation is implementing new temporary closure hours at Alki Beach Park (2665 Alki Ave. SW) from Friday July 2 to Monday July 5. The park will close every day at 10 p.m. (instead of 11:30 p.m.). ) and reopen normally at 4:30 a.m.
This temporary closing time change, authorized by SMC 18.12.040, is intended to deter the illegal use of fireworks and to help mitigate illegal activity in the park during the planned busy holiday weekend. Alki Beach Park has seen an increase in public safety concerns, including acts of violence, excessive noise violations, illegal fires and unauthorized events.
SPR has already implemented several strategies to try to discourage illegal behavior at Alki Beach Park:
· Public education: To clarify and publicize the beach fire rules and other park rules, we use our website and social media resources, sandwich signs in the park, and most recently two large electronic read signs indicating that fires are only authorized in authorized fireplaces. , and the time at which fires should be extinguished. (Reading board messaging may change to reflect updates.)
· Reinforced staffing: Five staff members are on the beach every night. They remind park users that fires can only be in homes and must be extinguished before 9:30 p.m. remind park users that amplified music is prohibited; pick up the rubbish; cleaning and restocking the toilets.
· Reduced hours for fires: Staff extinguish beach fires before 9:30 a.m. every evening.
· SPD coordination: We remain in close communication and strategize with SPD regarding efforts to enforce laws and prevent illegal behavior.
Alki Beach Park will continue to allow beach fires during vacation weekends in designated rings of fire. All beach fires must be extinguished by 9:30 p.m. and all visitors will be asked to leave the park by 10 p.m. Please see the Beach Fire Rules here.
Daily hours of operation for Alki Beach Park will be 4:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. starting July 6, 2021.