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Rangers will patrol Cal Anderson, Occidental parks

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Seattle Parks Head Park Ranger Corby Christensen, right, and Ranger Sandra Wilcox patrol Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill. (Photo by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

Full-time rangers will patrol Seattle’s Cal Anderson and Occidental parks this summer, and police will have emphasis patrols at both, Mayor Mike McGinn announced this morning.

“We heard from the community that they’re concerned about their safety in the parks, and we want to address that,” McGinn said.

The rangers are not police officers, but “They’re present, they can keep an eye on the park, they can resolve small disputes.” McGinn said. They also will help facilitate the use of ball fields and, the mayor said, will call police, when necessary. They will work as a pair, moving between the two parks.

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