Seattle parks remain open this weekend; Some farmers’ markets are coming back
SEATTLE, WA – Seattle will keep its parks open this weekend, allow two farmers’ markets to return and designate certain routes for pedestrians and cyclists, the mayor’s office said on Friday.
Mayor Jenny Durkan ordered the closure of 15 parks and beaches last weekend, citing continued gatherings in violation of the governor’s order “Stay home, stay healthy”.
The city said those who visit the parks this weekend will need to “keep it moving” and avoid congregating for picnics, barbecues or sports. Jogging, walking and cycling are permitted, as long as appropriate social distancing measures are followed.
According to the mayor’s office, the city will deploy 60 âsocial distancing ambassadorsâ to monitor usage and remind people to avoid congregating. If there are too many people in a park, the Ambassadors will close the area.
Additional rules will be in place in four large parks:
Green Lake: The loop trail will be open to pedestrians only and limited to one way.
Seward Park: The loop trail will be open to pedestrians only.
Alki Beach: Fireplaces and picnic shelters are closed and beach activities are not permitted.
Golden Gardens: The homes are closed; no beach activity allowed.
Parking lots will remain closed in all major parks, as well as basketball courts, tennis courts and sports fields.
The mayor’s office said hundreds of signs will be displayed to remind visitors of social distancing practices and other expectations.
Another change this weekend will be noticeable in West Seattle and the Central District, where 2.5 miles of neighborhood greenways will be closed to through traffic to allow more people to exit the city safely. house and enjoy the outdoors. City officials said the roads would remain accessible to residents and delivery vehicles.
According to the Seattle Department of Transportation, approximately 15 miles of the city’s roads will be converted for pedestrians and cyclists in the coming weeks.
“To support safe social distancing while exercising or walking, riding, biking to grocery stores [for] food collection, we will be looking to convert additional kilometers of existing neighborhood greenways to Stay Healthy streets in the coming weeks, âsaid Sam Zimbabwe, Director of SDOT. âWe hope this effort gets people moving and enjoying the spring weather. during this difficult time. “
The National Weather Service forecast for the weekend shows a slight likelihood of rain on Saturday with afternoon highs in the 60s. Sunday should be mostly sunny with a high of 65 degrees.
Farmers’ markets reopen with new guarantees
The city has granted one-time permits for the return of two of Seattle’s most popular farmers’ markets this weekend, with advice from public health officials.
On Saturday, the University District Farmers Market will open with up to 35 vendors and 15 employees. On Sunday, the Ballard Farmers Market will be held with 28 vendors and 12 employees.
âIn recent weeks, we have been working with public health and farmers ‘markets to rethink our farmers’ markets in order to [include] drive-thru, online ordering and new social distancing guidelines so people can safely buy healthy food, âsaid Mayor Jenny Durkan. âSeattle can lead the way in ensuring safe and healthy operations in our new normal. “
Several changes are in place to protect people from potential exposure, including limited entrances to control foot traffic, new arrangements allowing 10 feet between vendors and no food or cooking samples. Visitors are encouraged to nominate one customer per household, wear face coverings, and consider pre-ordering or pre-paying.
Find a full list of rules or sign the “Farmers’ Market Buyers Oath” here.
The mayor’s office said the two farmers’ markets were chosen on the basis of a demonstrated ability to ensure compliance between vendors and community members. The city will be monitoring the markets this weekend to assess whether they could potentially extend the openings of more markets in the days and weeks to come.