No bonfires: Seattle’s major parks to close at 8 p.m. on stay-at-home order


Alki and Golden Gardens are among parks to be closed earlier than normal during state stay-at-home orders

SEATTLE – As of right now, there is still no picnic, no bonfire, no volleyball in Seattle parks.

Major Seattle city parks will be closed nightly at 8 p.m. starting Friday, May 8 and will last for the duration of the state’s stay-at-home order, and park staff will remind visitors to continue. to walk and not to linger, in order to continue social distancing.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan told a press conference Thursday that she hoped park visitors would watch themselves.

“We really need Seattle to be smart. We don’t want to be those people that we see in their thousands storming the beaches of Florida or Southern California,” she said. “Overcrowded parks will become closed parks.”

Social distancing has been encouraged in parks to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes respiratory illness COVID-19.

While Seattle parks have remained open since the pandemic hit the region, with the exception of Easter weekend, signs reminded people to keep their distance from each other and not to congregate. Picnic areas, sports fields and play structures were closed, as well as parking areas.

Parks and Recreation Superintendent Jesus Aguirre said he hopes people will adhere to social distancing measures so the city can keep the parks open.

“We encourage people to stay home and stay local,” Aguirre said. “If people have to get in a car, or even a bicycle, you’ve probably gone too far.”

Major parks with adjusted times will include: Alki, Cal Anderson, Carkeek, Discovery, Gas Works, Golden Gardens, Green Lake, Kubota Garden, Magnuson, Seward, Lincoln, Volunteer, Washington Park Arboretum, West Seattle Stadium, Myrtle Edwards, Judkins and forest parks. Many parks normally close at 10 p.m.

Aguirre also recalled that the bathing areas are closed and that swimming is more dangerous in the spring because of the water temperature.

Additionally, on Friday, May 8, Seattle Parks and Recreation will reopen limited access parking (ADA) at four major parks: Lincoln Park, Seward Park, Green Lake Park, and Magnuson Park.

The parking lots of the most popular parks have been closed since March to keep people away. With the exception of the ADA parking lot, parking lot closures are still in effect, the city said on its parks blog.

During the press conference, Durkan said the people of Seattle were “smart enough” to know how to continue to apply social distancing measures while recreating themselves.

“We know that we are in the midst of a pandemic. It is still a health crisis for our city. And we don’t want to see the days return when we were worried about whether our nurses would have the supplies they needed or whether our hospitals were overrun, ”said Durkan.

Durkan also announced that the city’s “Stay Healthy Streets” initiative that increased pedestrian and bicycle space in some neighborhoods during the coronavirus crisis is here to stay.

“People have more ways to get out safely and to walk and cycle,” said Durkan.

Streets were selected to create outdoor exercise opportunities in neighborhoods with limited open space options, low number of cars, and routes connecting people to essential services and take out food.

“We also know that there are projects that we need to continue or accelerate and invest in the city we want to be when we get out of it. This includes a range of programs both those that help the people who have it the most. need as well as those programs that help our public domain and our public infrastructure, ”said Durkan.

You can watch the full Thursday briefing here:

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