Seattle parks and beaches will be closed this weekend – KIRO 7 news Seattle

SEATTLE – Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and other city officials announced Thursday that the city’s main parks and beaches will be closed over the weekend.

Durkan said it will be a temporary closure of the parks and the city will monitor whether it should or continue to close other parks.

Seattle Parks Superintendent Jesus Aguirre said Alki Beach Park, Cal Anderson Park, Carkeek Park, Discovery Park, Gas Works Park, Green Lake Park, Golden Gardens Parks, Kubota Garden, Lincoln Park, Magnuson Park, Seward Park , Volunteer Park, West Seattle Stadium and Woodland Park will be closed starting Friday night.

The parks will reopen Monday at 4:30 a.m.

Seattle Parks and Recreation and Seattle Police will be at locations indicated.

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said the Parks Department will deploy resources to serve as eyes and ears on the ground and ask people to comply. They will then ask them to leave the park. If they can’t leave, they’ll call the agents to answer.

“We know we can’t get out of a pandemic,” Best said.

Seattle is joining major cities across the country, like Austin and Los Angeles, to close parks for the weekend.

Closing parks on weekends is part of an ongoing effort to get people to practice social distancing – by keeping themselves at least 6 feet from each other.

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