This page was last updated on February 5, 2021
As of February 1, 2021, King County, which is part of the “Puget Sound” region, is in Phase 2 of the state’s Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery Plan. According to the state, “this new recovery system aims to safely ease some restrictions while also maintaining crucial hospital capacity, ensuring care for Washingtonians that need it and paving the way for economic recovery.”
The state posts a Roadmap to Recovery report every two weeks on Fridays, and if any changes are to occur, they go into effect the following Monday.
For King County Parks, this means largely a continuation of the status quo. Here are some of the changes that we have made based upon current guidance:
- Games: We are now scheduling games on synthetic turf athletic fields (200 people max, including spectators). Both grass and synthetic fields are available for practices.
- (Slightly less small) gatherings and volunteer events
- 12 participants per event for volunteer work parties
- 15 people max outside household (2 households max) for outdoor social gatherings
We will continue to monitor our Roadmap to Recovery region’s indicators and adjust our operations accordingly.
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.
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.
Here’s what’s open (As of Feb 1)
|Backcountry Trails |
(hiking, trail running, mountain biking, horseback riding)
Games on synthetic turf only. Practices on grass and synthetic turf.
*Contact Regional Scheduling or the Marymoor Park office about team/league reservations.
|Campground (Tolt-MacDonald Park)||Open|
*Seasonal closure effective Oct 31 to March 1.
*Contact Regional Scheduling for reservations.
|Climbing wall (Marymoor Park)||Open|
|Community Centers & Indoor Facilities||Open|
Limited to small ceremonies per state guidelines.
*Contact Regional Scheduling for reservations.
|Community Gardens (Marymoor Park & N. Green River Park)||Open|
*Check with vendor to verify status & hours of operation.
|Disc Golf (Dick Thurnau Memorial Park)||Open|
|Docks/Boat Launch (Cottage Lake Park, Dockton Park, Five Mile Lake Park, Marymoor West)||Open|
*The marina at Dockton Park is currently under repair. Read more.
Games on synthetic turf only. Practices on grass and synthetic turf.
|Jerry Baker Memorial Velodrome (Marymoor Park)||Open|
|Katherine Taylor Equestrian Park||Open|
|Off Leash Dog Area (Marymoor Park)||Open|
|Paragliding (PooPoo Point)||Open|
|Picnic Shelters||Open |
Max 15 people outside household, limit 2 households.
*Contact Regional Scheduling or the Marymoor Park office for reservations.
|Radio Control Air Fields (Marymoor Park & Marlow Anderson R/C Field)||Open|
Limited opening of single stall restrooms, see below.
Limited to small groups.
|Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center & Banquet Hall||Closed|
Frequently Asked Questions
*Last updated on 02/05/20
- How will Parks adapt its operations to make sure employees are protected?
- When will you resume full operations?
- Why are restrooms still closed?
- How are you keeping play areas safe?
- The ballfields are open, so can my team get together to practice and play games?
- Can I book a wedding or funeral at one of your indoor or outdoor venues?
- When will camping open?
- How are you enforcing physical 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, 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 and concessionaires and other vendors 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, consistent with the state’s Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery Plan and based on limited operational capacity due to COVID safety protocols. As of February 1, King County (Puget Sound region) is in Phase 2.
We ask for your patience and collaboration. You can do your part by recreating responsibly and helping keep our parks, trails, and other facilities tidy.
Why are restrooms still closed?
Important factors affecting Parks’ level of service include workforce capacity and ability to provide facilities, such as restrooms, in a manner that is safe for our employees and park and trail visitors.
Most restrooms remain closed at this time. As of June 22, 2020, single stall facilities opened at Marymoor Park, Lake Geneva Park, Gary Grant Park/Soos Creek Trail, Tolt-MacDonald Park (west side), Cougar Mountain – Harvey Manning Trailhead. The Portland Loos at Steve Cox Memorial Park are also open. Shower facilities (Tolt-MacDonald Park and Dockton Park) will remain closed until further notice.
Restrooms are areas where physical distancing can be challenging, and keeping them sanitized to prevent the spread of the virus requires a higher level of service than we are able to provide due to limited protective supplies and limited staffing.
We have increased the number of portable toilets throughout our system, siting additional ones at strategic locations. The toilets are serviced by a third party vendor two times per week.
We encourage visitors to stay local and keep their recreational outings short.
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
The ballfields are open, so can my team get together to practice and play games?
Yes. Well, sort of. Since King County is in Phase 2 of the Roadmap to Recovery, we are now scheduling ballfields for games and practices. We are scheduling games only on synthetic turf athletic fields at this time. We are scheduling practices on both synthetic turf and grass athletic fields.
Under Phase 2, low, moderate and high risk sports are permitted, up to max 200 people. We encourage you to keep your group size small, limited to those in your household, and to maintain at least 6 feet distance from others.
When not reserved, ballfields are open for informal recreation. Enjoy your time, but please keep your groups small and limit your stay so others may enjoy the fields as well.
The state’s classification of relative risk ranking of sports available in our system includes:
- Low risk sports: tennis, swimming, diving, cross-country, disc golf
- Moderate risk sports: softball, t-ball, soccer, lacrosse, flag football, ultimate frisbee, cricket, crew, field hockey
- High risk sports: football, rugby, basketball, water polo, martial arts competitions, roller derby, boxing
Can I book a wedding or funeral at one of your indoor or outdoor venues?
Yes. We are permitting small weddings and funeral ceremonies in our indoor and outdoor venues, limited to a total of no more than 30 people. Indoor receptions, wakes or similar gatherings related to such ceremonies are not permitted at this time.
Click here to see a list of our venues (note: WKCAC remains closed until further notice).
Contact Regional Scheduling for reservations. For events at the Clise Mansion in Marymoor Park, contact Seattle Event Solutions. For events at Bethaday Community Learning Space, contact the Technology Access Foundation.
When will camping open?
Our campground at Tolt-MacDonald Park closes annually for the season from Oct 31 to March 1. The group camping site remains closed. Restrooms on the west side of the park are open; shower facilities remain closed until further notice.
Campgrounds pose unique challenges – please remember to recreate responsibly!
Contact Regional Scheduling for reservations.
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.
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 back-up plan.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Leave no trace – Respect public lands and waters, as well as Native and local communities. Take all garbage with you.
- 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:
- Recreate Responsibly Coalition
- 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