On May 8, we are re-opening our parks and trails, including regional and backcountry trails, with some restrictions. Facilities, such as restrooms, play areas, sports courts, campgrounds, and picnic shelters, remain closed, and organized events and programs remain suspended.
Visitors are asked to “Keep it Moving!” – meaning to use our parks and trails for walking, running, riding, and rolling. No congregating in parking lots or trailheads and no team sports or pick-up games on ballfields.
And please practice physical distancing by staying 6 feet away from others. Before heading out, review our tips to recreate responsibly to keep each other safe, so we can keep our parks and trails open.
The health and safety of residents and Parks employees is paramount, and we will continue to monitor our parks and trails to ensure that that visitors are following physical distancing and other public health guidelines.
We’ve continued doing the essential work of caring for our system, but know that there will be trails and other areas needing attention. So as you start to explore our 200 parks, 175 miles of regional trails, and 215 miles of backcountry trails, please help us by reporting crowding, areas that need attention, or other issues using our reporting tool, SeeClickFix.
On May 8, we are re-opening
our parks and trails.
|Backcountry Trails |
(hiking, trail running, mountain biking, horseback riding)
|Ballfields||Open – no organized activities|
|Campground (Tolt-MacDonald Park)||Closed|
|Climbing wall (Marymoor Park)||Closed|
|Community Centers & Indoor Facilities||Closed – not taking reservations|
|Community Gardens (Marymoor Park & N. Green River Park)||Open|
|Disc Golf (Dick Thurnau Memorial Park)||Open – no organized activities|
|Docks/Boat Launch (Cottage Lake Park, Dockton Park, Five Mile Lake Park, Marymoor West)||Open|
|Fields||Open – no organized activities|
|Jerry Baker Memorial Velodrome (Marymoor Park)||Open – no organized activities|
|Katherine Taylor Equestrian Park||Open – no organized activities|
|Off Leash Dog Area (Marymoor Park)||Open|
|Paragliding (PooPoo Point)||Open|
|Radio Control Air Fields (Marymoor Park & Marlow Anderson R/C Field)||Open|
|Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center & Banquet Hall||Closed|
Frequently Asked Questions
- How will Parks adapt its operations to make sure employees are protected?
- When will you resume full operations?
- Why are restrooms closed?
- The ballfields are open, so can my team get together to practice?
- Why is camping closed?
- How are you enforcing social distancing requirements and will you close if people aren’t following the guidelines?
- Where can I report if I see crowding, congregating, or other issues in parks or along trails?
How will Parks adapt its operations to make sure employees are protected?
Under the guidance of our public health experts, King County Parks has decided that certain facilities will remain closed, such as restrooms, play areas, sports courts, and picnic shelters, both to protect visitors as well as our Parks employees.
We have adapted our operational protocols to adjust to the current circumstances in ways that protect our employees and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Some of these measures include:
- Operations and maintenance employees have been issued disposable gloves, face coverings, and hand sanitizer.
- We are encouraging physical distancing among employees by:
- adjusting work shifts to decrease the number of employees in maintenance shops/offices at the same time
- sanitizing tools, equipment, and vehicles after use
- providing more laptops so employees don’t have to share computers
- Contractors performing work at Parks-owned sites are required to update and implement Health and Safety Plans to reflect COVID-19 prevention measures.
When will you resume full operations?
We are taking a phased approach to re-opening. We will monitor use, encourage park and trail visitors to recreate responsibly, and continue to make informed decisions based upon the COVID-19 data and guidance from our public health experts. Our decisions about re-opening and returning to full operations depends in part on visitors practicing safe distancing and following public health guidelines.
At this time, we are not taking reservations for scheduled use, team practices or games, or other types of events.
We will continue to update this page as conditions evolve. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and subscribe to our e-newsletter to stay up to date about any changes in Parks’ operations.
Why are restrooms closed?
Since the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order has been extended through May, we encourage visitors to stay local and keep their recreational outings short. Restrooms are high-touch areas and will remain closed, as we are not able to provide the level of servicing recommended right now, due to limited protective supplies and staffing. Portable toilets, which are serviced by a third party vendor, are open throughout our system and will be serviced two times per week.
The ballfields are open, so can my team get together to practice?
The ballfields are open for informal recreation with the members of your household. Enjoy your time, but please limit your stay so others may enjoy the fields as well.
Team sports, pick-up games, or other organized activities are not allowed. The Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order remains in effect through May 31, and we urge people to keep it moving, using our parks for walking, running, riding, rolling, and passing through.
At this time, we are not taking reservations for scheduled use, team practices or games, or other events.
Why is camping closed?
Our campground at Tolt-MacDonald Park remains closed, as are all the restroom facilities at the park. Campgrounds pose unique risks, where people naturally congregate and have limited ability to follow disinfection, hand washing, and other hygiene recommendations.
How are you enforcing social distancing requirements and will you close if people aren’t following the guidelines?
We do not have the resources to enforce social distancing at all our parks and trails. 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 will monitor use, encourage park and trail visitors through on-site signs and social media to recreate responsibly, 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.
Where can I report if I see crowding, congregating, or other issues in parks or along trails?
Please report crowding, areas needing attention, or other issues using King County Parks’ reporting tool, SeeClickFix, at https://seeclickfix.com/king-county.
Tips to Recreate Responsibly
- 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 Plan B.
- Practice physical distancing – Adventure only with your immediate household. 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).
- Stay close to home – This is not the time to travel long distances to recreate. Most place are only open for day use.
- Plan ahead – Prepare for facilities to be closed, pack lunch and add hand sanitizer and a face covering to your 10 Essentials.
- Play it safe – Slow down and choose lower-rick activities to reduce you risk of injury. Search and rescue operations and health care resources ar both strained.
- Leave no trace – Respect public lands and communities and take all garbage with you, including disposable face masks and gloves.
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:
- Washington Department of Natural Resources – Recreation Openings
- Washington State Parks – COVID-19 Resources
- Washington Trails Association – Hiking in the Time of Coronavirus
- Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance – 10 New Rules of the Trail
- Cascade Bicycle Club – COVID-19 resources for cyclists
- Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust – COVID-19 Recreation Information
- Access Fund – COVID-19 resources for climbers
- The Mountaineers – How to: Stay Home, Stay Healthy
- Leave No Trace – Recommendations for Getting Outside during COVID-19