This wasn’t the most interesting thing writer and Capitol Hill resident Dan Savage said in April. At least, not as far as CHS was concerned. Nope. We were more interested in Savage Love Episode 288 in which Savage opens the show by confirming something CHS gets questions about but very rarely any facts — Volunteer Park as gay sex cruising playground.
“We realize we’d stumbled into the sex part of the park,” Savage says starting out his monologue on encountering cruisers on a night he, his partner and a friend cut through the space. Savage
doesn’t name the park but does say it is near his home. Perhaps he’s referring to another Capitol Hill park but it sounds pretty much like Volunteer. Savage describes how realizing the men were on the cruise made him “really uncomfortable” and goes on to worry about what his straight Volunteer Park area neighbors might think. He also dispenses some advice for the hunters including a plea for them to consider going about their business later in the night and giving people space.
Savage Love Episode 288
It’s a funny little diatribe, totally Not Safe for Work and, for CHS, like hearing somebody say he saw Bigfoot. We get an email every now and then about cruising concerns and the Volunteer Park urban legend has always been part of Capitol Hill lore. But it’s extremely rare for us to find a Seattle Police incident related to lewd acts or public exposure around the park. Savage’s story doesn’t make it fact, of course. But we’re inclined to take his word for it. And, apparently, it’s mostly safe on the law and order front.