Seattle authorities stand outside Cal Anderson Park in August. (KIRO Radio, Nicole Jennings)
Tuesday’s sweep, performed by uniformed SPD officers, was done at the request of the Seattle Parks and Leisure, mentioning current break-ins to Cal Anderson’s shelter house, issues over contamination of a reservoir contained within the park, several 911 calls regarding bonfires, and complaints from Capitol Hill homeowners over “noted breathing concerns as a repercussion of the smoke from the prohibited fires and the kinds of products burned.”
Parks employee were supposedly on website “to attend to protest supply tents and personal belongings by offering storage, make repair work to parks centers, and other enhancements to prevent break-ins and vandalism.”
“After the park was cleared, (Person Services Department) System Navigators were in the location to engage people experiencing homelessness with offers of shelter and services,” the City stated in a written release. “Personnel will work over the next week to alleviate damages to the park.”
Cal Anderson has been closed to the public because late June, despite protesters utilizing it routinely as a rallying point, and a spiritual rally kept in the park in early August that drew hundreds.
Cops last swept the park in mid-August when they were met by a group of protesters. Not long after cops left the area, campers and help tables returned.
For this latest sweep, Parks and Recreation plans to have staff members on-site daily to impose the park’s closure.Source: mynorthwest.com