Seattle Parks will reopen this weekend, but you’ll have to ‘keep moving’


While the Emerald City received a few pats on the back given its social distancing efforts in the wake of the novel coronavirus, it looked like a few derogatory brands were heading towards the city in places like Alki Beach Park and Green Lake. while the overcrowding at the edge of the park has become a bit of a complication.

In response last week, Mayor Jenny Durkan closed 15 of Seattle’s busiest parks just ahead of a hot-weather-filled Easter weekend.

But lately, outdoor enthusiasts and rollerblading connoisseurs have been throwing socially distanced cheers and punches into the air. While another balmy weekend awaits, Durkan lifts the doors and Seattleers will be free to wander through the city’s greenery – with guidelines of grandeur.

Before preparing your brie and baguette for an al fresco dinner, city dwellers are encouraged to stay in their homes to prevent the spread of the virus. According to Durkan’s latest update, “crowded spaces will mean closed spaces.”


And with great freedom comes great responsibility, so the people of Seattle will have to “keep moving” if they don’t want another future shutdown.

On Thursday, Durkan announced that these 15 previously closed parks would remain open throughout the weekend, provided visitors stay six feet apart and “keep moving” by walking, running, running, and walking. while cycling or “rolling”. No barbecues, picnics or sports games will be allowed, and car parks in large parks will remain closed to reduce crowds.

According to Durkan, the following rules will also apply this weekend:

Green Lake

  • Loop trail open only to pedestrians
  • The walk / run loop will be one way
  • The car park remains closed

Seward Park

  • Loop trail open only to pedestrians
  • The car park remains closed

Alki Beach

  • Seacrest and Don Armeni car parks remain closed
  • Fireplaces and picnic shelters are closed
  • No beach activities

Golden gardens

  • The car parks remain closed
  • The homes are closed
  • No beach activities

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s “Social Distancing Ambassadors” will monitor park use on an hourly basis. Spaces that become too crowded will be closed.

Civilians can also participate in the snitch, report social distancing violators by contacting Seattle Parks and Recreation via social media, calling 206-684-4075, or emailing [email protected]

In addition to Seattle’s 6,414-acre park system and 196 miles of bike paths, biking trails and greenways, SDOT converts 2.5 miles of existing neighborhood greenways from quiet residential streets to Stay Healthy Streets this Saturday. These car-free streets were selected to amplify opportunities for outdoor exercise in areas with limited open space options, low number of cars, and routes connecting people to essential services and take-out food.

The first two Stay Healthy streets 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 up to people living in the neighborhood to walk, ride and cycle. Stay Healthy Streets are closed to through traffic – but not to residents or deliveries – 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the emergency or until directed otherwise by the City of Seattle.

While the park crowds have shrunk considerably after a flick of the wrist, Seattleers will need to be careful if they don’t want their outdoor privileges cut short again.

“The governor’s order is to stay home – not to stay outside,” Durkan’s recent statement said. “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 for a workout groceries at the farmer’s market, please no crowds, no gatherings, and keep moving. We know this virus won’t be leaving our community for a long time, but hopefully Seattle can adjust. I asks every Seattle resident: Think about nurses and health care workers on the front lines before you leave home. “

Find more details about each park and their parking availability here.

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