During these challenging times of COVID-19, we are itching just as much as you to get outdoors and connect with nature. In fact, one of our core beliefs at the Greenway Trust is that when we are connected with nature, our lives are better. However, as our community comes together to deal with an unprecedented global crisis, it means we need to take unprecedented actions to adjust our behaviors in the interest of public health. We must all work together and #RecreateResponsibly to keep each other safe and ensure that our parks, trails, and forests stay open. 

We will continue to compile and update the resources on this page to serve as a guide during the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. If you notice something is missing or out of date, please let us know by emailing katie.egresi@mtsgreenway.org.

Information on How to #RecreateResponsibly

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted nearly every aspect of our lives and caused a great deal of uncertainty, including how we get outdoors. This new set of guidelines will help us protect ourselves, others, and places we love when we adventure outside. Whether you are hiking,  paddling, or riding (a horse, mountain bike, or an ORV), these six tips offer advice on how to #RecreateResponsibly during this public health crisis:

  1. Know Before You Go: Check the status of the place you want to visit. If it is closed, don’t go. If it’s crowded, have a plan B.
  2. Plan Ahead: Prepare for facilities to be closed, pack lunch, and bring essentials like hand sanitizer and a face covering.
  3. Stay Close to Home: This is not the time to travel long distances to recreate. Most places are only open for day use.
  4. Practice Physical Distancing: Adventure only with your immediate household. Be prepared to cover your nose and mouth and give others space. If you are sick, stay home.
  5. Play It Safe: Slow down and choose lower-risk activities to reduce your risk of injury. Search and rescue operations and health care resources are both strained.
  6. Leave No Trace: Respect public lands and communities and take all your garbage with you.

 

Lead by example! Join the #RecreateResponsibly movement

Help the #RecreateResponsibly guidelines reach far and wide. Share your commitment to #RecreateResponsibly by using the hashtag on social media, or download the toolkit and share the guidelines on your own social media channels. You can also check out additional resources for specific user groups.

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Alternative Ideas To Do From Home

At the Greenway Trust, we believe that when we are connected with nature, our lives are better. You may not be able to recreate in all the same ways you used to, but that doesn’t mean you have to go without this important element of your life entirely. The recreation community is coming together to support one another and frequently sharing creative ideas for how to get your nature fix during the pandemic. Try out some of the ideas below and check back often . . . we’ll continue to update this list as more resources are created by outdoor enthusiasts like you!

Recreation Planning & Training
Entertainment
Skills & Learning
Kid-Friendly
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We’d love to see how you’re connecting with nature from home! Tag us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter and use #mtsgreenway.

 

 


 

Current Closures & Reopenings

At this time, some (but not all) trails and parks are open for use. Things are changing every day during this pandemic, and we all must remain flexible and patient. It is more important than ever to research your plans in advance, and determine whether your destination is open or not. Have a “plan b” and a “plan c” in mind in case your arrive to a closed or over-crowded trailhead. Abiding by remaining closures will help our entire extended community, and ultimately allow things to re-open more smoothly when the time comes. Responsible actions now will lead to better outcomes for everyone down the road! Learn more about how following closures can help our community.

If you have questions about a particular area, you can read more detailed information from specific agencies and officials below. You may also find WTA’s Hiking Guide and Hike Finder Map useful while navigating closures. We will continue to update this page as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves. Even as things begin to reopen, it’s more important than ever for us all to recreate responsibly. Following these guidelines will not only help us all stay safe and healthy, but also protect our lands that we love so much.

Click to read more about a specific agency / area.

Seattle Parks & Recreation

Parks and trails are open for activities where social distancing can be maintained, such as walking, jogging, cycling and nature viewing. Please enjoy these activities alone or with your family. DO NOT congregate (gather in groups) when visiting parks, and please practice social distancing by staying 6 feet away from others. Bonfires, picnics, organized athletic games and pickup games are not permitted. All playgrounds/play areas are closed. Lifeguarded beaches are not yet open.

Parking lots are closed at these popular parks to help disperse crowded conditions:
Along Lake Washington Blvd (Adams St, Duck Bay, Ferdinand St, Lower Colman, Mt. Baker Bathhouse, Stan Sayers, Prichard Beach, 49th St), Seward Park, Genesee, Carkeek, Discovery, Golden Gardens, Green Lake, Kubota Gardens, Lincoln, Magnuson Park, Matthews Beach, Riverview, Volunteer, West Seattle Stadium, Woodland, and Atlantic St Boat Ramp (except when UW will be offering their drive-up COVID testing).

Seattle Parks and Recreation has a detailed list of what is open and closed in their parks and open spaces, including select parks that will close at 8 p.m. – find it here.

King County Parks

On May 5, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced that King County’s parks and trails will re-open on Friday, May 8th, with some restrictions. In addition to parks and regional and backcountry trails, parking lots and trailheads will be open, as well as fields, docks and boat launches, and the off-leash dog area at Marymoor Park.

Facilities such as restrooms, play areas, sports courts, and picnic shelters, will remain closed. The campground at Tolt-MacDonald Park remains closed, as does the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, the Jim Ellis Preston Community Center, and the White Center Community Center. Organized activities and programs, such as team sports and practices, race events, swimming lessons, volunteer work parties, and public gatherings remain suspended.

King County Parks’ decision follows the Governor’s recent announcement about the May 5th re-opening of state recreation lands. We are taking a phased approach to re-opening, which will depend on visitors practicing safe distancing and following public health guidelines. And we will continue to make informed decisions based upon the COVID-19 data and guidance from our public health experts.

(read more)

Kittitas County

Kittitas County also feels strongly that the stay-at-home order should stay in place following Governor Inslee’s May 4th extension announcement, and Health Officer Dr. Mark Larson has also extended our local stay-at-home health order. Kittitas County will extend the local order on a ten day cycle, with the new order in effect from May 4 through May 13. The review cycle will allow Kittitas County to review statewide information such testing rates and epidemiological curve data, consult with legal expertise, and coordinate with our local Kittitas County Board of Health. The local stay-at-home health order will be renewed every ten days, as needed. (read more) (Community Impact Dashboard)

WA State Parks & WA Department of Fish & Wildlife (joint response)

WDFW and the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announced on 4/27/20 that they will reopen state managed-lands on Tuesday, May 5, for local day-use recreation only. The reopening will apply to state-managed parks, wildlife areas, recreation land and boat launches. However, it may take several days for gates to be unlocked and sites to be serviced at remote areas due to limited staff capacity. More specific details about hunting and fishing can be found at the WDFW link below.

Some parks may not open immediately due to impacts on rural communities and the potential for crowding. State Parks is working with local communities and its partners to determine the best approach and timing to reopening these areas.

Visitor centers, camping and other overnight accommodations on state-managed lands will remain closed until further notice.

State land managers recommend people come prepared and bring their own hand washing supplies, toilet paper and personal protective equipment as some sites will have reduced or limited restroom facilities. People should also be prepared to change plans if their destination appears crowded or is not yet fully operational.

If sites become overcrowded or other COVID-19 related public safety concerns develop, state agencies may close areas with limited notice to further protect public health and safety. Click here to see what Washington State Parks are open.

(read more – State Parks) (read more – WDFW)

WA Department of Natural Resources

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced on April 27 that DNR-managed lands will reopen for public recreation on May 5. This will happen in conjunction with the reopening of lands managed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Washington State Parks and Recreation.

The reopening will apply to state-managed parks, wildlife areas, recreation land, boat launches and natural areas. Camping and other overnight accommodations will remain closed. DNR recreation sites will be opened up as soon as possible beginning May 5. The public can find the latest information on site openings at dnr.wa.gov/open.

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and to align with the “Stay at Home and Stay Safe” executive order, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest trailheads, campgrounds, and day-use areas (these include visitor centers, OHV staging areas, viewpoints, boat launches, interpretive sites, and picnic areas) are all closed as of March 27th.  This closure is in effect through September 30th unless otherwise indicated.

Region 6 of the Forest Service, which includes the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie and Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests, will maintain its alignment with state ‘Stay at Home’ orders and the first phase of Washington state’s ‘Reopening of America’ plan by conducting a comprehensive review of the agency’s developed recreation sites in Washington in the coming weeks. The agency aims to lift select closures at many Washington national forest trailheads and developed recreation sites by late May.

Across most of the National Forests in Oregon and Washington, Forest Service roads, trails and dispersed areas and trails are open. Hunting and fishing are also allowed in undeveloped areas on National Forest lands in accordance with state laws and if the area isn’t affected by a closure order.

Forest supervisors and staff have begun assessing recreation areas and are planning how to safely reopen areas and facilities in a phased manner (read more)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest developed recreation sites are also closed as of March 27th until further notice due to the health risks relating to COVID-19.  Developed recreation sites include trailheads, campgrounds, sno-parks, and restroom facilities.

Region 6 of the Forest Service, which includes the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie and Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests, will maintain its alignment with state ‘Stay at Home’ orders and the first phase of Washington state’s ‘Reopening of America’ plan by conducting a comprehensive review of the agency’s developed recreation sites in Washington in the coming weeks. The agency aims to lift select closures at many Washington national forest trailheads and developed recreation sites by late May.

Across most of the National Forests in Oregon and Washington, Forest Service roads, trails and dispersed areas and trails are open. Hunting and fishing are also allowed in undeveloped areas on National Forest lands in accordance with state laws and if the area isn’t affected by a closure order.

Forest supervisors and staff have begun assessing recreation areas and are planning how to safely reopen areas and facilities in a phased manner (read more)

OR/WA Bureau of Land Management

All campgrounds in Oregon and Washington State are closed, including most day use sites and restroom facilities. Trash pickup and sanitation services are also suspended at the facilities. In addition, all BLM offices are closed or have limited public access, though staff are available via phone and email. The BLM encourages responsible, local recreation to avoid putting strain on other communities. (read more)

Si View Metropolitan Parks District

All Si View parks and trails where social distancing (minimum of 6 feet between people) can be maintained remain open. The Disc Golf at South Fork Landing is open as of May 5th with safety requirements posted on site. All Si View playgrounds and active recreation areas remain CLOSED. This includes playground equipment, sport courts (tennis, basketball, pickle ball, volleyball), baseball fields, soccer fields, skate park, pump track, climbing wall, and picnic shelters. Outdoor restroom facilities are currently CLOSED.” (read more)

WA Statewide Joint Response

The Stay at Home, Stay Healthy order issued by Governor Jay Inslee for Washington State will be effective through May 31. This order requires all Washington residents to stay at home except while pursuing essential activities being grocery shopping or a medical appointment.  Under this order you may also get takeout food, go to work at an essential business, and go outside while maintaining 6 feet of social distance. All gatherings of people for social, spiritual and recreational purposes are prohibited.

Beginning May 5th, the governor has authorized a partial reopening of certain recreational activities.  Day use will be allowed at state parks and public lands for fishing, hunting, and other recreational purposes.  Playing golf will also be allowed at that time.  People are still required to follow physical distance requirements and limit activities to only people within their immediate household.

Beginning May 14th, the governor authorized outdoor staffed tennis, guided tours and instruction for ATV, paddle sports, fishing and horseback, go cart tracks, ORV/motocross and participant-only motorsports, and other substantially similar outdoor activities.  The state is currently in Phase 1, although smaller counties experiencing very low COVID-19 activity such as Asotin, Columbia, Garfield, Lincoln, Ferry, Pend Oreille, Skamania, Stevens, Wahkiakum, and Whitman have been approved to enter Phase 2.

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City of Bellevue

The City of Bellevue closed playgrounds, sports courts, ballfields, and picnic shelters on March 20th, while parks, trails, and beaches remain open for activities that allow six feet of social distancing. (read more)

City of Bothell

All city parks and trails are open at this time, but park restrooms, playgrounds/equipment, and sport courts are now closed. The parking lots at Blyth, Cedar Grove, and Centennial Parks will be opened on May 5th. North Creek Sportsfields will be partially reopened for drop in/incidental use only. They will only remain open if we continue to practice good social distancing. Recreation classes, as well as sportsfield and picnic shelter reservations from now until May 31st have been cancelled.

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City of Carnation

The playground equipment at Fred Hockert Park and Valley Memorial Park has been closed until further notice, but trails will remain open for walking and biking. (read more)

City of Cle Elum

No specific language about park closures, but the city is encouraging everyone to stay home to give health care providers leeway. (read more)

City of Duvall

No specific language about park or trail closures, but the city is encouraging residents to refer to King County and State of Washington resources. (read more)

City of Ellensburg

Park facilities are closed but most parks remain open for responsible use (off-leash dog parks are closed due to kennel cough, not COVID-19). (read more – public facilities) (read more – parks)

City of Issaquah

The City of Issaquah has closed all playgrounds, sports courts, park restrooms, picnic shelters and the skate park. Starting March 26, the parking lot gates will be locked at the parks that have them. City parks and trails will remain open for walks and other responsible, non-congregating recreational uses. (read more)

City of Kenmore

All park play structures, sports courts, and park restrooms are currently closed. Park trails and open spaces will remain open to the public, however practicing social distancing and excellent hygiene is REQUIRED while using the parks to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Handwashing stations have been set up at several parks. (read more)

City of Kirkland

Park amenities including playgrounds, restrooms, and sports courts are currently closed. Parks and trails will remain open as long as social distancing guidelines of least six feet are followed. (read more)

City of Mercer Island

City parks and trails will remain open for walking and non-active recreation. Park restrooms remain open except at beaches and Deane’s Children’s Park. Playgrounds, sport courts, and picnic shelters are closed. Sports fields remain open, however all rentals and group usage are suspended until further notice. The following parking lots will be closed: Luther Burbank Park (North & South lots), Mercer Island Community & Event Center (limited parking available for YFS Food Pantry, daycare drop-off/pick-up, P-Patch drop-off/pick-up, and City staff), Homestead Park, Island Crest Park, Aubrey Davis Park/LID (Areas A & C), South Mercer Playfields (South lot & at IMS parking lot), Groveland Beach Park, Clarke Beach Park, and Mercerdale Park.

New Senior/At-Risk Hours at Mercerdale Park – 7am-10am, Mon-Fri.

Disabled & Senior Only Parking Available – Luther Burbank Park (South Lot): Disabled parking spaces available during park hours for patrons with government-issued handicap placards or license plates AND Mercerdale Park (Thrift Shop Lot): Disabled parking spaces available during park hours for patrons with government-issued handicap placards or license plates. Senior adult only parking available for senior residents throughout park hours (no placard required).

(read more)

City of Monroe

All play structures, sports courts, ballfields, gazebos, park restrooms and the skate park are currently closed. Park trails and open spaces will remain open to the public. Beginning May 5th fishing will re-open on Lake Tye with access to the boat launch and a limited parking area. (read more)

City of North Bend

Playgrounds, sports courts, skate parks, BMX bike parks, ballfields and picnic shelters shall be closed immediately. Parks, open space and trails shall remain open for walking and activities that do not require close proximity and allow for the recommended social distancing. Restrooms will remain open to allow users the ability to wash their hands as recommended by public health authorities. (read more)

City of Newcastle

The City of Newcastle has closed park playgrounds,sports courts, and picnic shelters. The bathrooms at Lake Boren Park are also closed. Parks and trails remain open for walking and activities that do not require close proximity. Strongly encourages residents to stay home and avoid congregating. (read more)

City of Redmond

City of Redmond parks and trails remain open (with the exception of Edge Skate Park), however all active recreation areas where social distancing is difficult to maintain such as playgrounds, sport fields, sport courts, and picnic shelters are closed. All public restrooms are closed, with exception of Downtown Park and Watershed Preserve Park. (read more)

City of Renton

All parks and trails are open. However, playgrounds, sport courts, fields, and other active recreation areas within parks are closed. In both parks and trails, please follow recommended social distancing and proper hand washing. Restrooms at Cedar River Trail Park, Gene Coulon Park, Heritage Park, Riverview Park, and Thomas Teasdale Park are open.  Restrooms at all other parks remain closed. Boat launch at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park is open. (read more)

City of Roslyn

All municipal offices are closed, bill collection suspended. (read more)

City of Sammamish

All parks and preserves will remain open to pedestrian access, however gates to parking lots for parks will not be opened. Gates to parking lots for preserves will remain open. Restrooms and sani-cans will remain open. Playgrounds will remain closed, and ballfields, sports courts, and the dog park at Beaver Lake Park will be locked. The City of Sammamish is not currently allowing fishing from docks or beaches at Pine Lake Park, Beaver Lake Park, or Sammamish Landing.

(read more)

City of Shoreline

Playgrounds, picnic shelters, basketball and tennis courts, ball fields, and the skate park are CLOSED. The City has closed these active recreation areas where it could be difficult to maintain recommended social distancing guidelines. Visitors may still walk on ball/play fields, but no group or team activities, picnics, or large gatherings are permitted.

Parks, trails, and beaches are open. It is important that you be able to get outside for physical exercise during these stressful times. However, you must not congregate and you must stay at least 6 feet apart. Wash your hands frequently.

Richmond Beach Saltwater Park is now closed to vehicle access until further notice. While we encourage people to get outside and exercise, Richmond Beach Saltwater Park continues to draw large crowds, particularly when the weather is nice. This does not meet the goals of the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy directives.

Kruckeberg Botanic Garden is CLOSED. View their website for online activities and information for kids and adults. (read more)

City of Snoqualmie

City of Snoqualmie closures include playgrounds and skateparks to maintain social distancing and because equipment cannot be consistently disinfected.  Parks (not playgrounds) park restrooms, city operated trails, tennis courts for singles; doubles if within the same household, sport courts for those in the same household, and athletic fields are open but not for organized sports or practices.  The main lobby of the police station is closed, but the space between the outer door and the lobby door is open, where you can call 911 or the police station lobby. (read more)

City of Woodinville

City of Woodinville buildings and some parks are CLOSED to the Public until further notice. Closures include: City Hall, Public Works building, Wilmot Gateway Park playground & restrooms, Rotary Park skate park & restrooms, and the basketball court at Woodin Creek Park. The Woodinville Sports Fields remain closed to large groups and sports teams. (read more)