Seattle parks will remain open this weekend with new guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus
Seattle parks will remain open this weekend, but people will be encouraged to “keep moving” to prevent gatherings and maintain social distancing.
SEATTLE – The city of Seattle is rolling out new guidelines for people using the city’s parks, greenways and farmers’ markets during the coronavirus pandemic.
Mayor Jenny Durkan’s office announced on Thursday that the city will allow large parks to stay open all weekend, but will require residents to “keep moving” in a bid to maintain social distancing and slow the spread of the virus .
âThe governor’s order is to stay home – not to stay outside. The social distancing needed to keep us healthy will mean a new normal for Seattle’s parks, farmers’ markets and public amenities . Stay home, but if you need to exercise or go grocery shopping at the farmers market, avoid crowds, gatherings and keep going, “Mayor Durkan said.” We know that. this virus won’t leave our community for a long time, but hopefully Seattle can adapt. â
Large park parking lots will remain closed and additional rules are in place for Green Lake, Seward Park, Alki Beach and Golden Gardens, such as no fire pits, picnics or barbecues, no beach gatherings or activities, and trails in loop remain open for pedestrian use only.
Here is more information on what is open and closed.
People will also notice new signage displayed in Seattle parks encouraging social distancing and getting things done.
Seattle Parks and Recreation will also deploy 60 new âSocial Distancing Ambassadorsâ to major parks that will remind people to socially distance themselves. Ambassadors will take hourly data on park usage and shut down any parks where usage is too high or where people violate social distancing rules.
The changes come after the complete shutdown last weekend of 15 of Seattle’s largest parks in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Additionally, SDOT is converting 2.5 miles of existing greenways and residential streets in neighborhoods to âhealthy streetsâ this Saturday April 18th.
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The first two greenways will be located in the Central District and West Seattle / High Point neighborhoods. Portions of the neighborhood greenways along 25th Ave S and 34th Ave SW / SW Graham and Holly St / High Point Dr SW will open to people living in the neighborhood to walk, ride and cycle.
Those streets will be closed to through traffic, but not to residents or deliveries, 24 hours a day, seven days a week for the duration of the emergency or until the city directs otherwise, officials said.
SDOT plans to re-evaluate after this weekend’s pilot and get recommendations from the community on the âStay Healthy Streetsâ project.
âSeattle has thousands of acres of parks for our residents. Parks are an incredible source of relief during this stressful time in our city, but we need to start using them in new ways. We ask that you keep it moving when you are in the parks and make sure that you are not helping to create a crowded or busy park. We have staff and signage, but we are relying on the public to follow these new guidelines so that we can keep our parks open and safe, âsaid Jesus Aguirre, Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent.
Another development for this weekend is the University Quarter and Ballard Farmers Markets will reopen with a one-time permit, which could be extended if buyers and sellers are able to comply with the new rules put in place by leaders in the Marlet.
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