COVID-19 News & Updates

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This page was last updated on April 9, 2021

King County parks and trails are open for responsible recreation. Sports fields and other facilities are open for team and group use that is consistent with the current phase of the Governor’s Roadmap to Recovery re-opening plan. King County is currently in Phase 3, and sports ranked as low, moderate and high contact can proceed at allowed levels in our parks. We will continue to monitor the Governor’s Roadmap to Recovery adjust our operations accordingly. 

If you visit any park or trail, we strongly urge you to recreate responsibly by:

  • Wear a well-fitted face covering  
  • Practice 6 feet physical distance from others  
  • Keep your group small and minimize contact with those outside your household  
  • Leave no trace 

For more tips on how to recreate responsibly while enjoying the outdoors, visit recreateresponsibly.org

NEWS! WKCAC is operating under limited capacity as of April 12, 2021.

The competition pool is open for team practices and recreational lap swims. Due to occupancy restrictions, online reservations are STRONGLY recommended for lap swims. Visit bit.ly/SwimReservations to book a reservation. 

The dive tank and recreational pool will open at a later date, as there is ongoing maintenance affecting these pools. We anticipate that recreation programming and swim lessons will be able to resume in Summer 2021. The banquet hall continues to serve as COVID testing site and is not available for rentals. For the latest about current operations, visit the WKCAC webpage or call 206-477-4444 or toll free 1-855-952-9970. 

As you explore our 205 parks, 175 miles of regional trails, and 250 miles of backcountry trails, please help us by reporting crowding, areas that need attention, or other issues using our reporting tool, SeeClickFix.

Frequently Asked Questions

*Last updated on 04/09/21

Are restrooms open?

Yes, as of April 1, all restrooms are open and cleaned/sanitized daily. Please do not congregate in these areas, use face coverings, and maintain 6 feet distance from others where possible.

Is the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center re-opened?

Yes. As of Monday, April 12, 2021, the WKCAC is open with limited capacity for team practices and recreation lap swims in the competition pool only.

What I can expect when I go to WKCAC?

Due to limited capacity, reservations for recreation lap swims are STRONGLY suggested. Visit bit.ly/SwimReservations to book a reservation.

  • Read this guide of what you should know before coming to WKCAC. Reservations are for 50 minutes total. 
  • Please do a self-screening prior to your visit. 
  • You will only be allowed into the building at your designated reservation time. 
  • Face coverings are required, except when swimming or using the shower. 
  • Bring a bag to store your belongings on the pool deck.
  • Locker rooms are available for recreation lap swimmers to briefly  dress, shower, etc. Consider coming to WKCAC workout-ready! 

Learn more about: 

For the latest about current operations, visit the WKCAC webpage or call 206-477-4444 or toll free 1-855-952-9970. 

How are you keeping play areas safe?

Our play areas are open. Our current protocols are to clean play areas occasionally and have mobile hand washing stations available. 

Current guidance states the primary concern related to children on play equipment is from face-to-face respiratory droplet transmission.

Follow these simple tips to help keep our families safe at the play area: 

  • Wash your and your child’s hands, or use hand sanitizer, before and after playing 
  • Practice physical distancing – you and your child should stay 6 feet apart from others outside the household 
  • Wear a face covering – this applies to both adults and children 
  • Avoid crowded play areas – enjoy other activities in the park or find another play area to visit 
  • Do not visit a park or play area if you or your child are feeling sick 

Can I book a wedding or funeral at one of your indoor or outdoor venues?

Yes. Click here to see a list of our venues and appropriate contact information. The banquet hall continues to serve as COVID testing site and is not available for rentals. 

How are you enforcing physical distancing requirements and will you close if people aren’t following the guidelines?  

We encourage people to recreate responsibility to keep each other safe and help keep parks and trails open. Do your part to help save lives and slow the spread of the virus! 

We continue to monitor use, encourage park and trail visitors to recreate responsibly through on-site signs and social media, and continue to make informed operational decisions based upon the COVID-19 data and guidance from our public health experts. 

If further COVID-19 concerns develop, we may close parks and trails with limited notice to protect public health. 

Tips to Recreate Responsibly

  1. Know before you go – Check the status of the place you want to visit. If it is closed, don’t go. If it’s crowded, have a back-up plan.
  2. Practice physical distancing – Keep your group size small. Be prepared to cover your nose and mouth and give others space. If you are sick, stay home. Communicate who will step aside on the trail (trail etiquette gives hikers coming uphill the right of way). 
  3. Plan ahead – Prepare for facilities to be closed, pack lunch and bring essentials like hand sanitizer and a face covering. Learn about the 10 Essentials
  4. Explore locally – Limit long-distance travel and make use of local parks, trail and public spaces. Be mindful of your impact on the communities you visit.
  5. Play it safe – Slow down and choose lower-risk activities to reduce your risk of injury. Search and rescue operations and health care resources are both strained.
  6. Leave no trace Respect public lands and waters, as well as Native and local communities. Take all garbage with you.
  7. Build an inclusive outdoors – Be an active part of making the outdoors safe and welcoming for all identities and abilities.

Where can I learn more?

Visit kingcounty.gov/covid to learn more about the virus and how to slow its spread. Keep updated on the latest developments on the Public Health – Seattle & King County blog at publichealthinsider.com.

Some additional tips from our recreation partners:

24 thoughts on “COVID-19 News & Updates

    1. Sorry for the delayed response, we didn’t see this comment come in! While it’s accurate that indoor pools are permitted to open under the Roadmap to Recovery Plan, WKCAC presents some unique challenges to re-opening, due in part to its size as a world-class competitive facility. The health and safety of our employees and visitors is a top concern, and we are working with our public health colleagues to determine a path for safely re-opening the facility and welcoming back our swimmers and divers that we’ve missed so much this past year. Local teams are also developing required safety plans for returning to their training and programs at the facility. At this time, we don’t have a specific date to re-open and we look forward to providing an update in March. Thank you for your interest in WKCAC!

  1. Hello King County Parks! When will you update your guidelines to reflect the Governors announcement on 10/7 to allow some youth sports?

    1. We will begin allowing games and such starting Oct 15. We’ll be updating this site shortly with details and our scheduling staff are in the process of reaching out to leagues and teams.

  2. As a mother of young children what am I supposed to do with my baby and toddler when I need to use the restroom at a park and my only option is a porta potty? In a normal bathroom I push the stroller in but I’m not able to do that in a porta potty. Seems unsanitary to place them on floor of porta potty. Why not put a sign on regular bathroom requesting limited capacity and keep open.

    1. Sorry for the delayed response – we didn’t see your question until now! We suggest checking with your local school district, as they make the policies regarding their property. The play areas located in parks maintained by King County Parks have been open since June.

      1. All of the playgrounds in Bellevue/Kirkland are still taped off. It says here play areas are open. I’m not understanding why they are still taped off then?

      2. The Cities of Bellevue and Kirkland have their own parks systems, which are independent of the parks and trails that King County Parks takes care of. Please check directly with those cities to see what decisions they have made regarding their playgrounds.

  3. Someone on the phone said there is a list of parks that have bathrooms open. I don’t see any such list here. Specifically are the restrooms at Farrell McWhirter open? Going to a park to social distance is the only option for our family this Father’s Day.

  4. If the tennis courts are open as part of modified phase 1, why are they still locked with the nets removed? Thanks!

    1. What park are you referring to? We can make sure to let our staff know! We are working hard to get our facilities re-opened, but have limited staff at this time. This week, we are onboarding some seasonal employees (which we do in March normally), and we hope to have our system open per the modified phase 1 guidelines by the end of the month.

  5. Why are you not allowing youth sports to participate in organized athletics if they have leased fields and are following phase 1.5 guidelines?

    1. We will soon begin taking reservations from youth sports and other recreation organizations for our ballfields and will post information on this page when those details become available. Effective June 8, ballfields can be used for informal recreation for groups of 5 or fewer from outside the household. Physical distancing is required during all activities.

  6. It is Myopic to Keep the Bathrooms
    LOCKED at Vashon’s Dockton Park on an ISLAND! A rural Community that is CVRY DIFFERENT than the REST OF this County and not prone to Crowds or overcrowded non socially distant ignorance! A Dozen Miles or more & a $25 Ferry ride and hours away from any urban areas where there May Be a reason to Keep such facilities from the public! PLEASE PLEASE RESTORE THE FACILITY TO A RURAL COMMUNITY WHERE THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO NEED SHOWERS!
    Thanks for your Time and Consideration & Hopefully Your Support, as well!

  7. Dear King County Parks,
    A great way to spread disease is to close toilets so people have no sanitary place to go to the bathroom. There are diseases other than Covid-19!!! Even if people stay local to recreate people still have to go bathroom. Please open public bathrooms at the trailheads and provide hand sanitizer.

    1. Amen! LET’s open up all the parks…Now they are shutting down Five Mile Lake Park, because they said people are not complying…Complying with what? Complying with the governor’s edicts and dictates…We paid a huge Levy last year as property tax owners for these parks. We OWN these parks, LET’S TAKE THEM BACK FOLKS…It’s time to rise up and take what is ours, not some two-bit Authoritarian in Olympia…

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