Seattle Parks and Recreation closes additional park parking lots to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and encourage social distancing

Updated October 19, 2020

Parking lots at all boat launches are now open except for Atlantic St.


Here’s a list of parking lots and their status. While we appreciate that closures are inconvenient, this is one of several tools used nationwide to lessen crowds as we try to keep the coronavirus in check.

ParkParking Lot StatusSpecial UseReopening Date
Arboretum – Birch, Foster Isl. Dr., Wilcox BridgeOPEN 
Atlantic City Boat RampCLOSEDOpen as a walk up COVID testing site 
CarkeekOPEN 
DiscoveryOPEN 
Eddie Vine Boat RampOPEN 
Ferdinand St. Boat LaunchOPEN
Gas WorksOPEN 
Golden GardensOPEN 
Green LakeOPEN (except small craft lot) 
Kubota GardenOPEN  
LincolnOPEN 
Lower WoodlandOPEN  
MadronaOPEN 
MagnusonOPEN 
Magnuson (Junior League Lot)OPEN  
Magnuson Boat RampOPENBoat ramp use only 
Magnuson: Arena SportsOPEN  
Magnuson: Brig Front LotOPEN  
Magnuson: Childrens Hosp LotOPEN  
Magnuson: Tennis Center Sand PtOPEN  
Mt. BakerOPEN 
SewardOPEN much of the lot is closed for a park improvement project
Stan Sayres MemorialOPEN
Upper WoodlandCLOSED 
VolunteerOPEN 
Washington Park ArboretumOPEN 
West Seattle StadiumOPEN 



Residents are encouraged to visit any of other 400+ 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.