Seattle Debates Ban on Nudity in City Parks

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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.

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