First night of early Alki beach closure without incident
The first night of early Alki Beach closures was a breeze. The lower temperatures, of around 60 degrees probably helped. The closures were announced to begin at 8pm until 11pm (when the beach was already closed previously) but the cooperative team of SPD and Seattle Parks did not begin the process of asking people to leave until around 9:15pm. There were no incidents.
The announcement on Wednesday said that three officers would be paid for out of the Seattle Parks Department budget. They had back up. Four SUVS and a SPD pickup towing a small two person ATV were brought in.
The SUV and Parks drove north on the promenade, announcing the beach was closing at 9:30pm. Parks people in dayglo vests did the same thing on the beach itself, asking people to put out fires. The metal fire pits which had been on the beach to discourage fires from being started just anywhere were removed last week but people started them anyway. They were asked to please extinguish them and leave the area.
The beach was not crowded. One parks worker said, "In a way it's too bad the first night of this is on a cool night, It's going to be interesting to see what happens when it's more crowded."
The Don Armeni Boat Launch, already restricted to vehicles with trailers for boats has in recent years become a place that amounts to an impromptu car show with owners converging on the site in the evenings, only to be asked to leave. That time arrived much earlier on Thursday night.
I would omit parking. That way you have less loiterers
Or just close all together due to pandemic. People will just have to get over it until it’s safe.
If they just closed Alki Ave from 63rd to 56th so there is no vehicle traffic and only allowed bikes/pedestrians this would have never become an issue and would allow way more space for crowds. The fire pits need to be brought back people will still burn illegally and the charred sand is really lame for beach goers the next day.