Yesterday Seattle Parks & Rec announced additional parking lot closures at popular Seattle parks because too many people are crowding too closely together.
They are encouraging people to take walks or throw a ball around at parks closer to home rather than heading for the big attractions.
Also, keep at least six feet of space between you and all others, including family members or roommates you are sheltering at home with. You know the person you are hiking a trail with lives with you, but observers can’t tell. When the police and parks department staff see people clumped together it raises alarms and prompts further drastic actions.
Starting today all state parks, wildlife areas, and water access sites are completely closed.
Mount Rainier, North Cascades, and Olympic National Parks are completely closed.
The National Forests have not announced specific trail closures, but all facilities such as trailhead bathrooms and visitor centers are closed.
Due to crowding and refusal to follow social distancing guidelines, Seattle Parks and Rec announced late this afternoon that the parking lots are now closed at several popular Seattle parks.
The parks themselves are still open, but you must be able to walk or bicycle to the park. This is an attempt to reduce the large numbers of people in the parks to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
The parks currently affected are:
Gas Works Park
I’m really bummed that uncaring people have ruined this for everyone with their inconsiderate actions. By closing off parking lots these parks are now completely inaccessible to everyone with mobility issues.
Magnuson and Golden Gardens are my go-to parks when I need to get out for a bit, and both parks have nice spots to just sit in your car and enjoy the view. Now we can’t even do that.
I’m surprised Carkeek isn’t on the list, so I expect this will be expanded sooner rather than later.
Last night Governor Inslee issued a statewide stay at home order. The order is in effect until April 6th.
Luckily parks are still on the allowed activities list, as long as you follow all other precautions, which include not going if you are sick or know you have been exposed, and keeping at least six feet away from other people.
Here’s the list of activities that are still allowed under the new order: