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 If you notice something is missing or out of date, please let us know by emailing katie.egresi@mtsgreenway.org.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 seven 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 back up plan.
  2. Plan Ahead – Prepare for facilities to be closed, pack lunch, and bring essentials like hand sanitizer and a face covering.
  3. Explore Locally – Limit long-distance travel and make use of local parks, trails, and public spaces. Be mindful of your impact on the communities you visit.
  4. Practice Physical Distancing – Keep your group size small. 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 waters, as well as Native and local communities. Take all your garbage with you.
  7. Build an Inclusive Outdoors –  Be an active part of making the outdoors safe and welcoming for all identities and abilities.

 

 

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
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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

Closed: Adult fitness equipment, community centers, environmental learning centers, fire pits, Japanese Garden, Volunteer Park Conservatory, Play areas, pools, rental facilities, spray parks, wading pools, weddings and ceremonies. Swimming areas with lifeguards projected to open 7/15.

Open for groups of 5 and under: Athletic fields (for non-organized use), basketball, BBQ grills, disc golf, golf, pickleball courts, picnic tables, outdoor volleyball

Open: Anything OPEN requires users to practice social distancing. Amenities include bike trails, boat moorages (to renters only), boat launches (except Ferdinand St.), community gardens, dog off-leash areas, fishing, gardens (except Japanese Garden and Volunteer Park Conservatory), hiking trails, paths, restrooms, drinking fountains, scuba diving, skateparks/spots, outdoor tennis courts/backboard

Reservations being taken now for picnic shelter use from July 1 through end of summer, groups of 5 and under

Seattle Parks and Recreation has a detailed list of what is open and closed in their parks and open spaces – find it here.

King County Parks

Open: backcountry trails, camping (Tolt-MacDonald Park), climbing wall (Marymoor Park), community gardens, concessions, docks/boat launch, fishing, off-leash dog area (Marymoor Park), Paragliding (Poo Poo Point), parking lots, play areas, regional trails, radio control air fields, some restrooms (portable toilets provided elsewhere), volunteer events

Open to informal recreation in groups of 5 or fewer outside household: Ballfields, sport courts, disc golf, fields, Jerry Baker Memorial Velodrome (Marymoor Park), Katherine Taylor Equestrian Park, picnic shelters,

Closed: Community centers and indoor facilities, Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center and Banquet Hall

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Kittitas County

Kittitas County has been approved to move into Phase 3 of Governor Inslee’s Safe Start Plan. This phase allows for outdoor recreational groups of up to 50 people to start, which would include baseball games.  Social gatherings can have up to 50 people.  Non-essential travel can resume.  Places like movie theaters and public pools can open with less than 50 percent capacity.  For information about Washington’s Phase Plan visit https://coronavirus.wa.gov/.

The Kittitas County Public Health Department and Incident Management Team want to remind Kittitas County residents to proceed with caution. We are all excited about being able to resume activities, and we want to continue to have access to these activities safely. While our incidence of disease remains low, we are very close to jurisdictions with very high rates of illness and hospitalization. Maintaining safety at Phase 3 is the true test as to our recovery from this pandemic.  It is more important than ever to continue protecting yourself and others so that we can continue to move forward.  Even in Phase 3, proceed with maintaining physical distance or wearing a cloth face covering.

Please celebrate safely (wear masks, stay home if you’re sick, wash hands frequently, et cetera).  (read more) (Community Impact Dashboard)

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

Most State Parks are open for day use, and many are open for camping and overnight moorage (all located in counties that have moved into Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Safe Start plan and have approved camping in their counties). In addition, any parks cabins, yurts, vacation homes and other roofed accommodations open and available to reserve as of July 7th. Some parks have not opened 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.

Click here to see the current list of state parks open for day use, camping, and cabin/yurt/vacation home reservations.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has reopened the lands it manages for day use, and dispersed and primitive camping has been reopened in counties that are currently in Phase 2 or 3 of the Safe Start plan. Most recreational fishing and hunting is opening in a phased approach following the state’s efforts to limit the spread of coronavirus. The department is asking hunters and anglers to enjoy these outdoor activities as locally as possible, while also practicing physical distancing. More specific details about hunting, fishing, and camping can be found at the WDFW link below.

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.

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

WA Department of Natural Resources

Washington Department of Natural Resources-managed land is in a phased reopening in line with Governor Jay Inslee’s “Safe Start” plan. Day-use sites are open in all counties. (Sites are open one half-hour before sunrise and one-half hour after sunset.)

Counties currently in Phase 1 remain closed for camping. Most Phase 3 and Phase 2 counties are be open for camping; however, the following counties have decided to stay closed to camping until further notice: Island and San Juan.

Please check this page for up-to-date, specific opening details and more information.

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest has started a phased reopening of trailheads, day-use areas, and other developed recreation sites. Most trailheads and day use facilities are open. Recently, though, the National Forest has seen significantly more visitors than normal, resulting in more trash, more search and rescue calls, and long lines. The Forest Service is asking people to recreate responsibly and stay local when possible.

Click here for a full list of open campgrounds or visit recreation.gov to make a reservation.

Check out this interactive map for specifics on trailhead, road, and facility openings and closures.

Additionally, some trailheads and day-use areas are still snow covered or inaccessible due to winter storm damage and may remain closed until access can be restored. Restrooms may be closed; garbage service and water facilities may be unavailable. Visitors should plan to be as self-sufficient as possible, this includes bringing their own water, knowing how to properly dispose of human and dog waste, and packing out all garbage.

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Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has opened most trailheads and day-use areas. Campgrounds are being opened starting June 5 on a phased in basis. Some developed recreation sites remain closed, including some campgrounds, some restroom facilities, recreation rental facilities including cabins and fire lookouts. Click here for a list of campgrounds currently open and for important camping-related information.

Fire restrictions are now in effect throughout the National Forest, please visit this page for up-to-date information.

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest officials urge people to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and avoid putting undue pressure on medical and law enforcement services, especially in rural communities in Central Washington, so we can all return to our outdoor adventures as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.

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OR/WA Bureau of Land Management

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, the Bureau of Land Management is increasing access to recreation sites in Oregon and Washington.

The Bureau of Land Management is working with local partners as well as federal, state, and local public health authorities to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and will use a phased approach to increase access on a case-by-case basis.  Visitors should expect differing levels of service and available facilities on public lands.

Updates on affected Bureau of Land Management facilities can be found at the link below or by calling your local District office before visiting public lands.

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Si View Metropolitan Parks District

On June 19th, Si View Metropolitan Parks District announced that numerous recreation areas and amenities are now open, with some modifications and restrictions in place. See a complete list of openings here.

If you are participating in Si View Metropolitan Parks District summer programs, check out these guidelines for participants.

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WA Statewide Joint Response

As of Friday, June 26th, a statewide order requires masks or cloth face coverings to be worn by everyone in indoor public spaces such as stores, offices and restaurants. The order also requires face coverings outdoors when you can’t stay 6 feet apart from others. For information on this order, please click here.

Washington State is reopening under Governor Inslee’s 4-phase, county-by-county “Safe Start” reopening plan. If approved to move into a new phase, counties will stay in that phase for a minimum of three weeks. On June 28th, Governor Inslee announced a pause of all county progressions to Phase 4 amid increasing COVID-19 case numbers in Washington. The state’s COVID-19 risk assessment dashboard provides data about COVID-19 activity in each county.

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City of Bellevue

As of July 25th, Newcastle Beach is still closed due to high bacteria count.   The swimming beach will remain closed until further notice. The park is open.  Enatai Beach has reopened. The parks are open.

The city has closed playgrounds, sports courts, and picnic shelters until further notice. This follows social distancing recommendations from Public Health — Seattle & King County.  The closure includes basketball courts, picnic shelters, and other active recreation areas where people may be in close contact.  Bellevue Parks facilities are also closed, and the department announced on June 12th that it won’t be presenting any major events such as the Family 4th or Movies in the Park through August, to comply with social distancing directives.

Parks, trails and beaches remain open for walking and activities that do not require close proximity and allow for the recommended social distancing that allows six feet between people. Golf courses, ballfields, and outdoor tennis courts are now open, with social distancing restrictions.

For an updated list of city closures and event cancellations related to COVID-19 impacts, please visit BellevueWA.gov/COVID-19.

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City of Bothell

Effective June 16, the following City of Bothell Park amenities are open:

  • Parks, Trails, and Open Spaces
  • Limited Restrooms – Park at Bothell Landing, Blyth Park, and Cedar Grove Park
  • Disc Golf Course at Blyth Park
  • Drop-in use of Picnic Shelters – First come, first served and informal use only. No reservations accepted at this time.
  • Drop-in use of North Creek Sports Fields – First come, first served and informal use only. No reservations accepted at this time.
  • Parking lots at Park at Bothell Landing, Blyth Park, Cedar Grove Park, and Centennial Park

Recreation classes, as well as sports-field and picnic shelter reservations are canceled until further notice. Lytle House and the North Creek Schoolhouse are closed until further notice.

While using Park amenities, please remember to maintain good social distancing (min. 6 feet apart), avoid gatherings of more than five people outside of the household, bring supplies with you such as hand sanitizer/water/cloth face coverings, and stay home if you are feeling unwell or have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID in the last 14 days.

Learn more about the Bothell Parks Reopening Plan here.

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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

The Big Rock Ball Fields are open for reservations with practice only with restrictions and conditions of use.  Interested parties may email Rentals for more information or to schedule the fields. Aside from the ballfields, the City has not released specific information about park or trail closures, but is encouraging residents to refer to King County and State of Washington resources. (read more)

City of Ellensburg

Irene Rinehart Riverfront Park is now closed to all access, including pedestrian access, as of July 15th. No people are allowed in the Park until future notice. The decision was made as a result of increasing COVID-19 cases and activity in Kittitas County. The reopening of Irene Rinehart Riverfront Park will be reevaluated once the county’s COVID case reporting numbers are meeting Phase 3 goals again.

Other park facilities are now fully open to the public with the exception of the Stan Bassett Youth Center which is planned to open during the second week in July. The Kittitas Valley Memorial Pool has opened with restrictions as of July 6th; see the pool’s Facebook page for more information. The Ellensburg Racquet and Recreation Center and Adult Activity Center remain closed.

(read more – public facilities) (read more – parks)

City of Issaquah

Skate parks, sport courts, shelters, playgrounds, play fields, and restrooms are now open. Pools, rec programs, and community centers remain closed. Do not congregate when visiting parks or using play fields. Organized athletic games, practices and pickup games are not permitted.  Please practice physical distancing, wash your hands, and stay home if you are sick. Be prepared with essential items and practice safe behaviors. (read more)

City of Kenmore

All park play structures and sports courts are currently closed. Park restrooms are now open. 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

What’s Open: parks, picnic shelters, trails, tennis courts, pickleball courts, beachfront parks, dog parks, docks and piers (except for Houghton Beach & David E. Brink Park piers), Marina Park moorage, boat launches, restrooms and the cemetery.

Senior hours offered at Juanita Bay Park, 132nd Square Park, Everest Park, Edith Moulton Park and Spinney Homestead Park starting from Monday, July 20, 2020 to Labor Day. Please allow seniors and those in high risk categories priority use of Juanita Bay Park, 132nd Square Park, Everest Park, Edith Moulton Park, and Spinney Homestead Park on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8-10am.

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City of Mercer Island

Open: Athletic fields, most beaches (NO LIFEGUARDS), boat launch, dog park, P-Patch, parking lots (with exceptions), restrooms (with exceptions), skate park, tennis and basketball courts, trails and open space

Closed: drinking fountains, Groveland Beach, MICEC Parking Lot (with exceptions), playgrounds, restrooms at: Groveland beach, Clarke beach, Luther Burbank dock area, Deane’s Children’s Park

Senior/At-Risk Hours at Mercerdale Park: 7am-10am, Mon-Fri

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City of Monroe

Phase 2 Re-Openings (EFFECTIVE JUNE 5, 2020): tennis courts, basketball courts, playgrounds, skate park, dog park, restrooms, covered shelters (up to gathering limit), sports fields for organized use: limited practices in compliance with Governor’s Office Guidance on Sporting Activities Requirements

Park trails and open spaces will remain open to the public. As of May 5th fishing is open on Lake Tye with access to the boat launch and a limited parking area. (read more)

City of North Bend

Parks, open space and trails are remain open for walking and activities that do not require close proximity and allow for the recommended social distancing. Restrooms are open to allow users the ability to wash their hands as recommended by public health authorities. As of June 26th, playgrounds, sports courts, skate parks, BMX bike parks, ballfields, and picnic shelters are open. Tennis courts for singles, doubles if within the same household, are open. Sport courts for those in the same household are also open. Disc golf at South Fork Landing in North Bend is open for limited play with safety requirements posted on site. (read more)

City of Newcastle

Following state approval to move forward with a modified Phase 1 reopening in King County, the City of Newcastle is reopening sports courts in our parks. That means all basketball, tennis and volleyball courts are now open for public use! Our playgrounds and picnic shelters remain closed to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Parks and trails remain open for walking and activities that do not require close proximity. (read more)

City of Redmond

Open: Idylwood beachfront (no lifeguards), Juel disc golf, Parks, parking areas, picnic areas/benches, pickleball and tennis courts, restrooms, skate park, trails

Closed: Anderson Park cabins, basketball and volleyball courts, City Hall Bytes Café, community center, facility rentals, FM Park barnyard and arenas, grass lawn arts studio, Old Firehouse Teen Center, outdoor exercise equipment, park use permits, picnic shelters, playgrounds, splash pads, sports fields,

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City of Renton

Open: Parks and playgrounds, restrooms (except Jones Park), swim beaches (Gene Coulon Park and Kennydale Beach Park, no lifeguards), trails

Sports fields available for rentals and use by groups of 5 or less.

Closed: Park restrooms at Jones Park, all picnic shelters

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City of Roslyn

Refer to Kittitas County and Washington State guidance and directives on outdoor recreation. A Burn Ban is in effect due to extreme fire danger. All outdoor fires are prohibited except for gas BBQ grills. (read more)

City of Sammamish

Open: Athletic Fields (City-owned), Courts, Dog Park (no water), Beaches – Fishing only, Sammamish Landing Park, Beaver Lake Park

Closed: Pine Lake Park Gate and Beach, Docks at Sammamish Landing and Pine Lake Park, Playgrounds at all Parks, Sammamish Commons Skate Park

Group size restrictions in effect: Gatherings of five or fewer people from outside the household are permitted. Organized athletic games, practices and pickup games are not permitted. Use of PPE and frequent hand-washing is recommended.

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City of Shoreline

Playgrounds are CLOSED. The City has closed these active recreation areas where it could be difficult to maintain recommended social distancing guidelines. Playgrounds will reopen in Phase 3.

Parks, trails, and beaches are OPEN. Outdoor gatherings of up to five people from outside of your household are allowed.

Richmond Beach Saltwater Park is now OPEN to vehicle access.

Skate Park, tennis/pickleball courts, soccer fields, baseball diamonds, and basketball courts are OPEN. No games or scrimmages. Limited practices by permit only on soccer fields and baseball diamonds.

Picnic shelters are OPEN. Reservations will not be taken until Phase 4.

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City of Snoqualmie
  • Parks and trails where physical distancing can be maintained are open. The city encourages you to limit travel and visit parks close by your home.
  • Playgrounds are open for small groups of 5 or less. Keep children from different households 6 feet apart. Wash hands or use hand sanitizer after using play equipment. Use at own risk.
  • Skatepark  is open to groups of 5 or less. Maintain 6-foot physical distancing.
  • Sport courts (including basketball and tennis courts) are open for use by small groups of 5 or less. No organized team sports.
  • Park restrooms are open with modified operations. All restrooms are intended for single use to limit crowding. Please practice physical distancing and line up outside.
  • Tournaments and games are suspended until Snoqualmie enters Phase 3.
  • Most in-person recreation programs are suspended until Snoqualmie enters  Phase 3 unless modifications permit an earlier start date.
  • Limited field reservations for youth and adult team sports are open. Groups must have a Return to Play plan in place and separate groups to 5 or fewer players in each area. Contact Joan Quade at jquade@snoqualmiewa.gov or 425-831-5784.
  • Picnic shelters will be open soon. For more information, contact Joan Quade at jquade@snoqualmiewa.gov or 425-831-5784.

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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)