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Friday, October 24, 2008

Seattle Parks Wants You To Keep It In Your Pants

posted by on October 24 at 14:06 PM

Bad news, freeballers: the Seattle Parks Department is “revising” its policy on nudity to make sure no one has to look at your junk in a public park.

Although that’s pretty much been Parks’ stance all along, there’s been a push by, well, one dude—who just so happens to be groundskeeper for Parks—to get the city to allow nudity in public parks.

On November 13th, the Parks board will meet to firm up the city’s park nudity policy but according to Seattle Parks Department spokeswoman Dewey Potter, nudity is (still) “going to be allowed indoors but not outdoors.”

Parks took another look at its policy after receiving complaints about an unauthorized naked bike ride in a Seattle park last June. Last year, a nudist group also made several requests to rent an outdoor parks facility, all of which were denied.

Potter says that after examining the state’s indecent exposure laws and looking at other cities policies, the Parks department will allow groups to rent indoor parks facilities for nekkid parties but cannot rent outdoor facilities like Colman Pool to “keep nudity from disrupting enjoyment of parks by the general public.”

Never fear, pantsless parkgoers. While you may not be able to have an officially sanctioned event in a Seattle park, you can always have a spontaneous, unapproved event. “We’ve never permitted [a nude event],” Potter says, “but they take place all the time.”

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Is that the same guy also known as "the naked gourmet"? Used to be a regular at Paradise Hot Springs whipping up ginormous gumbos and shit up in "the lobster pot"?

Posted by COMTE | October 24, 2008 2:58 PM

@1 Nope that is not him. Different guy. I know them both.

;) and it is not called Paradise hotsprings, and the lobster pot no longer exists either... which is sad.

The Naked Gourmet is in his 40's. Daniel is in his early 30's

Posted by Reality Check | October 24, 2008 3:02 PM

Allowing nudity is far too progressive for them at this point. People take their kids there.

Posted by sepiolida | October 24, 2008 3:05 PM

..we can't have the kids seeing naked peoples.

Posted by reverend dr dj riz | October 24, 2008 3:28 PM

How about some real life solutions for the nudies? Like lobbying for a specific nudist park or beach, or raising money to buy property and turn that into a nudist space. Aren't most or all nudist colonies private property?

Posted by keshmeshi | October 24, 2008 3:35 PM

Seattle Parks ain't the boss of me!

Posted by This Is America! | October 24, 2008 4:26 PM

I think for 146 Million we should pretty much be allowed to do what we want in the parks. No questions asked.

Posted by Zander | October 24, 2008 6:20 PM

#7 has an excellent point.

But realistically, what do you need to create a space (private or public) where nudists can go and do their thing without getting on the wrong side of the law?

Posted by Greg | October 25, 2008 3:28 PM

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