Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent Christopher Williams today decided to allow a double mastectomy patient and cancer survivor to swim without a top in Seattle public pools.
“After looking at the situation again,” Williams said, “I decided to reconsider based on the circumstances of the case. Our original concern stems from our responsibility to accommodate the needs of all our patrons. In this case I see nothing that might alarm the public.”
“I think our staff were correct to follow our policy at the time the earlier decision was made, and my decision is based on new information.”
Today’s Slog ran a piece: http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/cover-up/Content?oid=13970858 that showed a photo of the cancer survivor.
Williams says he will review on a case by case basis future cases of people who have undergone surgeries and want accommodation. Seattle Parks is working to conviene a work group to address the policy.