Seattle parks are debating whether nature really is an appropriate place for the au naturel.
Against all tradition in this non-traditional city, public nudity may no longer be permitted on park property — including skinny dipping, naked tanning and even barbecues in the buff, according to The Seattle Times.
The proposed mass cover-up will be the subject of a public hearing in January, but the Times indicated that park authorities may get an earful from the nature-loving nudists who have become part of the city’s fabric.
"If they outlaw nudity, only criminals will be nude," a Seattle Weekly blogger noted.
Nudity is not illegal under Washington state law. But the city parks department received a number of complaints after 80-odd “naturists” took part in the World Naked Bike Ride — Seattle’s third naked bike ride of the year that sparked the proposal of the no-nudity rule.