COVID-19 Parks Response

UPDATED 09/01/2020, 8:59am

What we’re doing 



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The health and safety of our community is our top concern, and we are doing our part to help contain the spread of this COVID-19. We are making daily assessments based on Public Health’s guidance, and we will do our best to communicate any changes in our operations as quickly as possible. In accordance with guidance from Snohomish County Public Health and the Washington Department of Health regarding COVID-19, these steps are being taken to better enforce social distancing and ensure all appropriate steps are being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Snohomish Health District continues to encourage people to stay active while maintaining social distancing.

The following Snohomish County Park facilities restrictions are in effect:

COVID-19

Facilities:

 

Snohomish County is in Phase 2 until further notice (for a detailed PDF of details by park/campground, click here).

  • Parks:  Parks, trails, trailheads, parking lots and off-leash dog areas (OLDA) are open.  Willis Tucker Administrative offices remain closed to the public.  Amenities at opened parks may be limited (see below) and social distancing requirements remain in effect at all times.  When parks reach capacity, vehicle and pedestrian traffic may be turned away.
  • Boat Launches: Boat launches at Kayak Point, Wenberg, Wyatt and Flowing Lake are open.  Annual Passes, valid in March and April, will be extended up to 2 months. Pass sales through the Call Center or online only.
  • Crabbing: Recreate responsibly during crabbing season, which opens in the region July 2 - Sept. 7.

    Crabbing during Covid means: The Kayak Point pier will be have 6 ft. social distancing markers; wash/sanitize hands often; face coverings are required on the pier; plan ahead and arrive early as there is limited parking and carrying capacity; the pier may close if it gets too crowded for public safety.

    These extra measures are being taken to help slow the spread of C-19 on the Kayak Point pier, which is an incredibly popular crabbing location. Have fun out there!


  • Restrooms: Open at Kayak Point, Wenberg and Flowing Lake (River Meadows yurt restrooms are also open). There are portable restrooms at most parks (no restrooms or sanicans at: Esperance, Forsgren, Jordan Bridge, Heybrook Ridge, Lime Kiln trailhead or Riverscene).
  • Playgrounds:  Playgrounds/playground structures are not closed, but are use-at-your-own-risk as they are not sanitized. Please sanitize hands before/after use, do not use if you are sick and maintain social distancing. The spray pad at Willis Tucker Park remains closed until further notice.
  • Activity Centers:  Willis Tucker Park. Closed. Events scheduled on or before July 31, 2020 may voluntarily cancel with a full refund.
  • Picnic Shelters: Starting July 1, 2020:
    • Small shelters are open at most parks by reservations. Must be a group of no more than 5 people outside of your household.
    • Please arrive early! Parking lots at most parks are very busy during the summer and we cannot guarantee parking if you have a reservation.
    • Closed shelters 
      • Large shelter at Kayak Point
      • Large shelter at Wenberg
    • Restrictions
      • Parties are limited to household members plus no more than 5 people residing elsewhere.  
      • Standard cancellation fees apply for cancellations due to COVID-19 restrictions.
      • All reservations require completing an online consent form, agreeing to, and abiding by, current phase restrictions (prior to arrival).
      • We cannot guarantee parking availability - please arrive early.
  • Campgrounds:   
    • No walk-up camping - reservations required (except at Squire Creek which is drop-in only)
      • Water Trail camping sales through the Call Center
      • Due to cleaning requirements, future cabin and yurt reservations must be booked through the Call Center with a minimum 2-night stay.  A 24-hr gap will be required between reservations. No new Sunday check-ins for yurts at River Meadows.
    • The following parks are open for camping by reservation only 
      • Kayak Point
        • All campsites
        •  All yurts
          • Cook shelter limited to no more than 10 people
          • Cooking in yurts remains strictly forbidden
      • Wenberg (all campsites)
      • Fairgrounds RV Lot 2 
        • Self-contained units only
        • Max stay extended to 14 nights
      • River Meadows (campsites and yurt village)
      • Flowing Lake opened 6/18/20
      • Squire Creek opened 6/26/20 (first come, first serve - no reservations)
    • Closures:  
      • RV-2 restrooms
      • River Meadows campground restroom (sanicans only)
      • ALL SHOWER FACILITIES ARE CLOSED (except for River Meadows Yurt Village)
    • If you wish to keep your reservations, a consent form must be signed, agreeing to, and abiding by, current phase restrictions (prior to arrival).  Standard cancellation fees apply if social distancing requirements cannot be met.
  • Administration Offices:  Willis Tucker Park, Fair Park, and WSU Extension offices are closed to the public until further notice (business by phone and online will continue).
  • Sport fields/rentals:  All scheduled practices and games canceled. Athletic fields are open in Phase 2 for teams/leagues that have an approved protocol. Please contact us for more details.  
  • Permitted events and rentals: All events/gatherings canceled until further notice.  
  • Pool/Swim Lessons:  McCollum Park Pool will not open Summer 2020 (June-September).  
  • Annual Pass Sales:  Annual Pass sales at the parks are suspended until further notice.  Passes can still be purchased online.  Passes that were valid during the time of parking lot closures will be extended up to two months.
  • Spray Pad:  The spray pad at Willis Tucker Park is closed until further notice.
  • Evergreen State Fair Park:  Closed (with exception to RV lot 2) until further notice. View Fair cancellation Press Release

FAQs

  • Additional information and guidelines can be found here.
  • For information on refunds, please contact our Call Center (M-F, 8:30am-4:30pm) at 425-388-6600. For additional Parks contact information, click HERE 

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