On Thursday, December 9, the City of Sausalito received court approval to relocate the Marinship Park tent encampment from the grassy area of the park to the tennis courts, providing a safe camping site for encampment occupants and enabling the City to broaden its analysis of the grassy area.
U.S. District Court Judge Edward H. Chen granted the City’s request to relocate the encampment in response to concerns by encampment occupants regarding the condition of the encampment site following a massive storm that hit the Bay Area in October. Among other concerns, initial soil testing identified fecal matter near a sewer line that serves the park’s public restrooms. City inspections found no indications of sanitary sewer line breaks or leakages, however, the City will conduct further testing — and remediation, if necessary — once the area is cleared.
Urban Alchemy, a nonprofit organization experienced in managing safe sleeping villages and tent encampments, has been retained by the City to help coordinate the relocation of the encampment, manage the encampment area, and assist encampment occupants. The City is coordinating with Urban Alchemy, and efforts are underway to implement the relocation. Urban Alchemy was first retained by the City earlier this year to assist with management of the encampment and its relocation to Marinship Park.