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Seattle Parks and Recreation re-opens accessible parking at a few regional parks

Updated July 24, 2020:

In addition to the ADA parking spots mentioned in the rest of this post, Golden Gardens Off-Leash Area is open to ADA parking only as of Friday, July 24. In addition, SDOT has created some new ADA-only spots along Golden Gardens Drive NW as it winds downhill. (This street has been otherwise closed to traffic as part of the City’s Stay Moving Streets initiative. Local access and walkers, bikers, rollers and runners – and now ADA drivers – can use the street.)

ADA parking is now temporarily open at the open at the Atlantic City Boat Ramp near Be’er Shiva Park. Additionally, ADA parking is also open at the Washington Park Arboretum‘s Birch parking lot, just north of the Japanese Garden.


On Friday, May 8, Seattle Parks and Recreation will reopen limited accessible (ADA) parking at four major parks: Lincoln Park, Seward Park, Green Lake Park, and Magnuson Park.

In March, Seattle Parks and Recreation closed parking lots at the most popular parks in order to reduce usage of these parks. As the stay at home order has been extended, these parking lot closures are still in effect.

Accessible parking for people with Disabled Parking Permits will be made available at four parks, to provide access those who need parking to be able to access these parks:

  • Lincoln Park—nine accessible parking spaces (four at lower beach lot, and five at the southern upper lot)
  • Green Lake Park-eight accessible parking spaces at the Bathhouse Theater Lot
  • Magnuson Park—ten accessible parking spaces (seven at the W6 play area lot, and three at the Off Leash Area)
  • Seward Park—eight accessible parking spaces at the tennis court lot
  • Golden Gardens (AS OF JULY 10)—accessible parking at the south parking lot (just north of the boat launch parking) and accessible parking at NW 85 St and 32 Ave NW

Seattle Parks and Recreation has started with these four lots as a way to give equitable access to these parks and hopes to add additional spaces at other closed lots if possible.  General use parking is still prohibited at these sites. 

All spots will be designated with “State Disabled Parking Permit Required” signs. No other parking is permitted in these lots, and violators will be ticketed. Lots are still closed to discourage crowding at our most popular parks, and community is encouraged to recreate closer to home.