Golden Gardens and Alki Beach Shut down Early in Further Days of Summer to Avert Violence
he city has determined to close both Golden Gardens and Alki Beach after numerous violent and illegal activities. Thus, they will shut down the beaches an hour and a half preceding each night for the rest of the summer.
In the last two months, there have been some violent incidents at Seattle Beaches.
One person was killed in a shooting, injuring three others at Alki Beach on June 29.
Also, on June 12, a shooting was reported injuring two people at Golden Gardens.
And, on May 30, police made some arrests and seized a gun at Alki Beach through a big party.
City officials say that they have had enough of these incidents. Therefore, considering these conflicts and other complaints and problems, the city will shut down Golden Gardens and Alki Beach at 10 p.m. for the rest of the summer.
However, the beaches’ standard time to close is 11:30 p.m. These early closings will remain until September 12.
It is a move that the city think will improve the lives of the locals who live along Alki Beach and prevent the sort of crimes that have tormented the first few weeks of summer. But still, some people believe the early closings will not have much influence.
“Fires are still out here. And, people are still out here gathering, hanging out, and doing everything. So, I have not seen them actively strengthen shutting down the beach early. I don’t know what those actions are doing. However, during the weekend of July 04, the city forced the same advanced closures. But, I did not see any changes. The only way I think anything will occur is if there are consequences for violating the rules.” said Zach Boucher.
“There needs to be pressure. They just need to have a police occupancy out here to end it,” Boucher further stated.
Moreover, Staff with the city-states that Seattle Police will reinforce the closures. Officers will patrol the beach at 10 p.m., ordering people to move if they remain on the sand.
However, all beach activities must end by 10 p.m. In addition, bonfires must be smothered a half-hour earlier at 9:30 p.m.