All SPR parking lots along Lake Washington Blvd, Stan Sayers Boat Ramp, Carkeek, Kubota, Woodlawn, and Volunteer parks, the Arboretum, and West Seattle Stadium are immediately closed to parking
SEATTLE (April 8, 2020) In addition to the 8 major parks already closed to parking, the City of Seattle is closing parking lots at 8 other parks to further encourage social distancing and lessen crowds. Closures are effective immediately at all parking lots along Lake Washington Boulevard; in Washington Park Arboretum, at Stan Sayers Boat Ramp (boat ramp also closed); AT Carkeek, Kubota, Woodland Park, and Volunteer parks; and at the West Seattle Stadium.
These parking lot closures are in addition to the closures at Green Lake, Lincoln, Golden Gardens, Seward, Magnuson (including the boat launch), Gas Works, Alki Beach (including Don Armeni boat launch), and Discovery parks.
Residents are encouraged to visit any of other 450 local neighborhood parks, or to bike or walk to the larger destination parks, which will remain open for public use.
“Many of us have been doing a great job at enjoying the outdoors while also practicing social distancing, but we are still observing crowds at some of our larger parks, and pick-up games on fields and courts. We urge you to visit parks closer to home or take walks in your neighborhood. Continuing our social distancing practices is critical to the health of those most vulnerable in our community,” said Jesus Aguirre, Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent.
SPR and SPD will continue to deploy staff to encourage social distancing at highly frequented parks.
As a reminder, all Seattle beaches are also closed to gatherings, and Rattlesnake Lake Recreation Area and Rattlesnake Ledge Trail are closed.
Seattle Parks and Recreation continues to ask community members to:
- Use social distancing: the most effective tool we have to slow the spread of COVID-19 is social distancing. We are asking people to abide by social distancing guidelines in Seattle Parks.
- Visit parks closer to home, and avoid popular parks: If you have to get in the car, it’s too far. Help keep down crowds by visiting parks closer to home or taking a walk in your neighborhood.
- Visit larger parks during early morning hours: Many parks open at 4:30am or 6am. Visiting them early in the morning will help keep crowds down throughout the day.
- Do not access off limits equipment or areas: Seattle and King County have closed all play areas and other high touch areas such as picnic shelters, tables, and outdoor exercise equipment.
- Do not congregate in parks: Do not gather. Do not BBQ. Do not play soccer or softball with those outside of your household. Do not play basketball with those outside of your household.
- Six feet for activities: Hiking, biking, walking are all great ways to enjoy parks right now, just remember to give a wide berth to your fellow residents.