Residents are concerned as more vehicles park near the city’s Jefferson Park Golf Course.
SEATTLE — Seattle law prohibits parking a vehicle on the street for more than 72 hours without moving. However, at a popular golf course on Beacon Hill, an RV camp appears to be expanding in its parking lot.
The growing camp of recreational vehicles in the parking lot near the Jefferson Park municipal golf course along Beacon Avenue South has worried some nearby residents.
“Sure, over the last year and a half it’s just boomed,” said Michael Lowe. “It’s probably doubled and tripled, not just the number of people, the materials, the vans are getting bigger and there are tents.”
We first showed you this site last December, along with Jay Turner, who has owned Red Bird Sports, which is just a few blocks away, for 36 years.
“To turn a blind eye to it and let it fester and grow is shameful,” Turner said.
Turner was frustrated then and is even more frustrated now. He appreciates the work the city has been doing at similar camps across the city in recent months, but believes his neighborhood needs more attention.
“The south end of Seattle thing always seems to have been ignored, it’s always the last thing to see,” Turner said.
The number of searches has increased, and the city reenforced the 72-hour parking rule, effective October 2021, which prohibits a person from parking their vehicle on the same block of a city street for more than 72 hours. However, Turner said not much has been done and he again urges the city to get involved.
“As of October 2021, approximately 3,500 summonses have been written in relation to the 72-hour rule and approximately 1,800 vacant or abandoned vehicles have been impounded under the 72-hour rule,” a spokesman for SDOT told KING 5. “For most of it In During this time we have focused on unoccupied, abandoned and dangerous vehicles. So this status does not generally apply to vehicles that someone lives in.”
Seattle Public Utilities officials said they conducted a “deep clean” last week, disposing of over 3,000 pounds of trash and debris on the site
According to SPU spokeswoman Sabrina Register, the site is on the list for upcoming redevelopment. However, no timetable was given.
“During RV sanitation, the city is first warning and encouraging people to move their vehicles to avoid receiving a subpoena or having their vehicle impounded,” Register added. “If a person lives in a vehicle, we will make multiple attempts to notify or speak to that person to encourage them to move their vehicle. A seizure will only occur as a last resort when a person ignores the warnings and refuses to move temporarily while SPU conducts the remediation.”
https://www.king5.com/article/news/local/homeless/rv-camp-near-beacon-hill-expands/281-02ef8d31-e8fd-4018-a735-47f171b7f9f7 RV camp near Beacon Hill golf course expands despite increased sweeps