More than 100 parks, trails, and boating sites will reopen Tuesday in Washington state as some coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions are eased. However, many popular sites remain closed indefinitely.
All ocean beach parks and parks along the Columbia River Gorge on the Washington-Oregon border will remain closed.
The state parks that open will be limited to daytime use only. Steps will also be taken to reduce parking capacity at some urban locations such as Lake Sammamish, Saint Edward, and Dash Point by limiting parking. Reducing the number of parking stalls available will help decrease the number of people who can access the parks at one time, minimizing crowds.
Visitors are encouraged to:
- Stay close to home.
- Check the status of their favorite park or trailheads before heading out.
- Come prepared with their own handwashing supplies.
The reopenings are being made under the first phase of Gov. Jay Inslee’s plan to ease rules imposed to prevent the spread of the virus. Beaches and campgrounds would reopen under the second phase of the plan, although large gatherings would still be banned.