Revised Friday, April 23, 2021
Seattle Parks and Recreation is currently following Phase 3 guidelines on capacity limits for outdoor activities.
We are in the process of determining which programs and activities are feasible throughout 2021. Follow our recent posts on this blog for specific updates on plans, as well as our main Facebook page. When visiting the Seattle Parks and Recreation website, be aware that many pages contain outdated information, and will be updated as more info becomes available.
To learn how the pandemic has affected our 2021 operating budget, please visit this post.
Please be advised that the status of activities listed on this page is subject to change at any time. Most facilities remain closed due to the pandemic.
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The electrical replacement project at Seward has temporarily closed the park’s one vehicle loop to traffic on the south side of the park. Please refer to this map for current status on walking paths.
Through the end of the 2021 school year (June 18), childcare programming is offered all-day only, weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., with options to enroll either Mon/Wed/Fri –OR– Tue/Thur –OR– Mon/Tue/Wed/Thur/Fri.
Families with children returning to in-person school must select from the all-day care options even if children can only attend care fewer hours each day. Also, Seattle Public Schools confirms that no transportation to childcare will be provided for general education students who opt for in-person learning, which means that families need to transport their child to the care location. For more info please contact your local Community Center, or visit this page to find out where programs are being offered, prices and hours of operation changes.
Medgar Evers Pool in Central Seattle is open to the public for lap swimming and independent water fitness. Full details here. On Monday, April 19, Rainier Beach Pool opened on a pilot basis for lap swimming. Details here.
Almost all parking lots are open. Exceptions: the Green Lake west lots near the row house; lower and upper Woodland Park except for the lots near the ballfields; Atlantic St. Boat Launch; and the upper lots at Seward Park due to a long-term construction project. (Lower lots are open.)
Atlantic City Boat Launch is closed to accommodate the City’s COVID-19 vaccine and testing site. Stan Sayres launch, 4 miles north, is an alternative for small boats that can fit in between the concrete blocks; otherwise, the launch is closed while we await federal permits to perform repairs. Other launch info here.
OTHER ACTIVITIES & AMENITIES
Social distancing should be practiced at any open amenities:
|Adult Fitness Equipment||Open|
|Amy Yee Tennis Center||Open as of 1/21/21|
|Athletic Field Use||Open for use with some restrictions** (see below)|
|Beaches||See Swimming Areas|
(hand carry & motorized)
|Most open except Atlantic City & Ferdinand St.|
|Boat Moorages||Open to renters only|
|Camp Long Walk-in Gate||Open Tues – Sun, 10am – 6pm|
|Dog Off-Leash Areas||Open|
|Drinking Fountains||Most are still closed due to COVID precautions; may open soon.|
|Environmental Learning Centers||Closed|
|Japanese Garden||Open with advance ticket purchase only|
|Lawn Bowling||Operated by third party|
|Paths||Open (Green Lake loop pedestrian only, ONE WAY)|
|Play Areas||Open (see notes)|
|Pools||Medgar Evers OPEN with advanced reservations; Rainier Beach opens 4/19 with advance reservations|
|P-Patch Community Garden||Operated by Dept. of Neighborhoods|
|Spray Parks||Closed for the season|
|Swimming Areas with Lifeguards||Closed for the season|
|Tennis Court or Tennis Backboard||Open|
|Weddings and Ceremonies||Closed|
|Volunteer Park Conservatory||Closed|
|Zoo; Aquarium||Open (operated by third party)|
|Museums; Restaurants||Operated by third party|
** Athletic Fields: scheduled activities can be permitted under revised guidelines. As per 11/16/20 each league, organization, or club must publish and follow a new “return to play” safety plan that reflects the newest restrictions. Parents and household members must not congregate on the sidelines during practice. Drop-in use is allowed on Seattle Parks playfields if there are no permitted users on the field. Masks are required.