Mayor and businesses highlight attractions, events, and public safety efforts during the holiday season in downtown Seattle
SEATTLE - Today Mayor Mike McGinn joined Captain James Dermody of the West Precinct and Kate Joncas of the Downtown Seattle Association to highlight attractions, and public safety emphasis patrols in the downtown retail core for the holiday season.
"Downtown is a great neighborhood to visit any time of the year, but during the holidays this is really a special place" said Mayor McGinn. "We're here to help our businesses, residents and shoppers be safe and have a great experience this holiday season."
Captain Dermody described holiday season emphasis patrols being launched by the Seattle Police Department in the downtown retail core between 3rd and 7th Avenues and Union to Olive Streets as well as select locations within Pioneer Square. These patrols begin the day after Thanksgiving and conclude the day after Christmas, Monday-Friday from 3pm-10pm and Saturday/Sunday/Holidays 1pm-10pm. Participating Seattle Police West Precinct personnel include on-duty officers (including the Mounted Patrol), extra-duty overtime officers, uniformed off-duty officers employed by retailers such as Pacific Place, and officers working supplemental police service shifts under a long term contract with the Downtown Seattle Association's Metropolitan Improvement District. Staffing will ensure visible presence, and support of any increased impacts that large crowds in shopping areas create. The majority of the officers will be on foot. These patrols are in addition to directed patrols that have been taking place in all five police precincts in Seattle since September. Those directed patrols, along with the violence prevention emphasis patrols begun earlier this year, will continue alongside the holiday season emphasis patrols.
"The 2011 holiday season saw the most pedestrian traffic in downtown - with the retail core being the busiest - since 2007," said West Precinct Commander Captain James Dermody. "You'll see more officers on the street starting soon, to help us manage the traffic, pedestrian flow, and other issues that come along with the hustle and bustle of the holidays."
Mayor McGinn also highlighted the City of Seattle's e-Park program, which uses dynamic signs at key points in downtown to guide visitors to parking garages with available spaces. This reduces congestion caused by drivers circling for parking and helps make the experience of parking downtown easier for visitors.
"Downtown is a place where families, visitors, residents and everyone who enjoys downtown can feel comfortable and welcome. We're glad that the Seattle Police Department and the Mayor's office are partnering with us to support the DSA's efforts to make downtown Seattle our region's number one destination this holiday season" said Downtown Seattle Association Director Kate Joncas.
For more, check out this list of holiday events and arts and cultural performances from the Downtown Seattle Association:
Snap Shot of Seattle's Holiday Arts & Entertainment Attractions
Illuminated Holiday Carousel: Bring the entire family to Westlake Park in downtown Seattle for a ride on the annual DSA Holiday Carousel presented by KING 5 benefitting Treehouse. Admission is free but donations are encouraged. Donations benefit Treehouse, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to giving foster kids a childhood and a future.
Winterfest Train and Village: Sparkling lights illuminate the center of Seattle Center in its 50th Anniversary year, lighting the way to fun, free and festive activities and entertainment. Visit Seattle Center Armory, where you'll find a miniature Winter Train and Village, warm roasted nuts and other fine edibles. Winterfest Ice Rink returns, along with ice sculpting and live performances. http://www.seattlecenter.com/winterfest/
Magic in the Market at Pike Place Market: On Nov. 24, the Market will be filled with Dickens Carolers and the tree lighting ceremony featuring Santa starts at 5 p.m.
EverGreen Escapes "Brews and Bulbs" Holiday Tour: Get acquainted with several of Seattle's top local microbreweries and taste seasonal brews. In between breweries, travel through Seattle's festive neighborhoods lined with dazzling lights. Offered through the month of December, must be 21+. http://evergreenescapes.com/seattle-holiday-brewery-tour
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