COVID-19 News & Updates

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This page was last updated on July 2, 2021.

Effective June 30, activities in Washington are allowed to resume at normal capacity according to the Washington Ready Plan. In King County, the local mask directive has expired, but there are masking requirements in certain situations. Click here to read more about King County guidance for a safe re-opening.

Our parks, trails, and other facilities are open for your summertime enjoyment! We encourage non-vaccinated adults and children two and older to wear a face covering for their safety and to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus and its variants.

Effective July 5, recreational programming and team activities at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center will resume at normal capacity. Physical distancing and health screening are still recommended. People who are not vaccinated should wear face coverings in an indoor environment when not in the water.

Until further notice, select activities in our parks and trails will continue to operate with some limitations:

  • Volunteers attending King County Parks staff-led events are encouraged to wear a mask when within 6 feet of other volunteers, staff or park users not in their household.
  • Large events and gatherings may opt to follow some public health guidelines, check with the individual event organizer for details.

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

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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