Parking on Ridgetop Median not Ticket-Worthy

Steve Erickson wrote in July to say: “Recently, two cars have been parking on the grassy median on Ridgetop Boulevard, just north of the Point of View entrance at Plateau Circle. My guess is that they are visiting one of the homes to the west of Ridgetop Boulevard that have long entryways off of Silverdale Way.
“These houses are physically much closer to Ridgetop than to Silverdale Way and most have gates in their fences on Ridgetop.
“It seems fairly obvious to me that the grassy median is not intended to be a parking lot, but the drivers of these two cars do not share my opinion.”


Steve Erickson wrote in July to say: “Recently, two cars have been parking on the grassy median on Ridgetop Boulevard, just north of the Point of View entrance at Plateau Circle. My guess is that they are visiting one of the homes to the west of Ridgetop Boulevard that have long entryways off of Silverdale Way.

“These houses are physically much closer to Ridgetop than to Silverdale Way and most have gates in their fences on Ridgetop.
“It seems fairly obvious to me that the grassy median is not intended to be a parking lot, but the drivers of these two cars do not share my opinion.”

He wondered what the law says.

The out basket: There is a difference of opinion in county government about this. Doug Bear of Public Works initially cited RCW 46.61.570, which prohibits parking “on a sidewalk or street planting strip” in saying the parking is illegal.

But Scott Wilson of the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Department, which has the enforcement power over such things, consulted the KCSO traffic division and was told that the wording of the state law makes its enforcement on the Ridgetop planting areas difficult, and they don’t intend to do it.

Wilson said such parking is discouraged, because it’s hard on the grass and other growth, but the prohibition in state law is deemed unenforceable there.

If a parked car encroaches across the fog line into the driving lane, obstructs visibility on the road or otherwise creates a hazardous condition, it will be ticketed, he said, but not for just parking there, where no signs prohibit it.

Callene Abernathy of Public Works said they’ll keep an eye on the area and if parked cars appear to be a problem, the department could ask the county commissioners to ban it. There isn’t any such local ordinance now.

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