Slacklining is legal in Seattle parks, once and for all.The Stranger is running an article on the emerging slackline debacle that kicked off a week or so ago when a security officer stopped me in Cal Anderson park and insisted slacklining was illegal. I posted the details previously, and to briefly summarize: the police were called, slacklining is not illegal, does not (in the estimation of the Seattle Police as well as various arborists) harm trees (when adequate padding is used). The matter has moved to higher authorities, who have been very responsible.
A spokesperson for the Seattle Parks and Recreation agency sat down with me last week and we had a chat about our mutual concerns for environmental responsibility (aka: tree-protection) and safety hazards. The result is that slacklining is now not just legal, but officially sanctioned in Seattle parks. Best practices include using highly visible line colors when possible, always padding the trees, using trees of sufficient thickness, and not leaving lines unattended unless they are flagged.
I have a tree-padding idea coming to fruition in the near future. Stay tuned.
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