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Gee & Ursula: Should Seattle consider kids playground at clothing-optional beach?

Nov 21, 2023, 8:05 AM | Updated: 11:31 am

Image: A photo of Denny Blaine Park and the sign entering the park...

A photo of Denny Blaine Park and the sign entering the park (Photo: James Lynch, KIRO Newsradio)

(Photo: James Lynch, KIRO Newsradio)

Should Seattle’s only nude beach make way for a children’s playground? Gee and Ursula said ‘No way!’

It seems that would create a kind of “conflict of interest,” according to Gee and Ursula’s producer Andrew “Chef” Lanier.

“I’m actually rooting for the nudist park,” host Gee Scott said. “First, I never heard of this until today. These kids, they got a lot of parks anyway. And you know what? Adults need to get out more.”

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Chef explained that Denny-Blaine is the only true nudist beach in the area.

“Even though I have lived in the city of Seattle for the last 35 years, I didn’t know we have a nudist park,” Ursula said.

Chef said that’s because the park is hard to get to and there are rarely any complaints.

“We don’t want to be exclusive. We want to be inclusive,” Gee said. “And I’m being serious because I wanted to answer this in a serious way. Let’s go ahead and just keep this park for a nudist folks.”

Ursula challenged Gee’s thinking.

“How many times have you talked about kids sitting on their bums and playing video games and being indoors and not getting enough outdoor playtime?” Ursula asked. “You talk about that. We talk about kids getting in trouble. I’m all in favor of having the kids’ play area go in there. And how about just moving that nudist beach?”

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She went on to say if there was a nude beach in a more well-known area like Golden Gardens, maybe she’d see things differently. Chef also said that the beach has been around for 50 years and has been a favorite of the queer community.

“And it’s secluded. You have to know how to get there,” Chef said. “But it is also one of the only public access areas to Lake Washington in that very rich section of the city.”

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Ursula said one of our listeners texted, just for reference, the beach is 40 feet.

“I think I’ve been convinced,” Ursula said. “Keep the nudists there!”

Listen to Gee Scott and Ursula Reutin weekday mornings from 9 a.m.- noon on KIRO Newsradio, 97.3 FM. Subscribe to the podcast here.

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