This page was last updated on June 10, 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 open, with limited capacity.
The competition pool is open for team practices and recreational lap swims. The recreation pool is now open for limited lap swims, low impact water exercise, and family swims. Due to occupancy restrictions, online reservations are STRONGLY recommended for recreation lap swims. Visit bit.ly/SwimReservations to book a reservation.
The dive tank remains closed, as there is ongoing maintenance. We anticipate that swim lessons will resume in August 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 programs in the competition and recreation pools.
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 in your swimwear!
Learn more about:
- what you should know before visiting WKCAC
- what to expect for lap swims and recreational programs
- what teams need to know
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?
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
- 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