Visiting parks during a pandemic

Last updated Aug. 4, 2:43 p.m.

Update:

June 26: Due to the rise of COVID-19 cases throughout Washington, everyone is legally required to wear a face covering when in an indoor public space or when outdoors when you can’t stay 6 feet apart from others, per a statewide mandate announced by Governor Jay Inslee. There are exceptions to this order for children under the age of five and people with a medical condition, mental health condition or disability that prevents them from wearing a face covering. Please do your part to help keep others healthy. Click here to learn more.

June 5: Snohomish County is now in phase two of the governor’s Safe Start plan. Learn more below about what parks activities and amenities are now allowed.

Update to parks services:

On April 22, Everett City Council approved the adoption of $3.4 million in emergency budget reductions, taken in response to COVID-19. These reductions were necessary to protect the City’s financial viability and ability to deliver core services. They affect nearly every department across the City, including many Parks & Community Services programs. Click here to learn more about 2020 parks service reductions.

Be good park stewards

Before heading out for some fresh air, we ask community members to be mindful of changes to our parks and follow public health guidelines from state and local health officials.

In response to COVID-19 and Governor Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, we closed our restrooms and amenities. We are beginning to reopen amenities as allowed by the governor’s Safe Start plan. View the complete list of what’s open and what’s closed below.

It will take each and every one of us doing our part to keep our community safe and healthy. Learn more about COVID-19 and the City’s response at everettwa.gov/COVID19.

See below to learn more about recreating responsibly.

Do go for walks
Do walk your pets on a leash
Do go on bike rides

Do:

  • Stay home if you don’t feel well.
  • Cover your face.
  • Avoid groups or gatherings of more than 5 people.
  • Keep pets on a leash (outside of off leash areas) and clean up after them.
  • Maintain distance of at least 6 feet from others.
  • Go before you go; restrooms are closed.
  • Bring hygiene supplies with you such as soap and water or hand sanitizer.
  • Pack out what you pack in; trash receptacles and service are limited.
Don't drive to the park
Don't gather in groups
Pack it in, pack it out. Take your trash home with you.

Don’t:

  • Don’t park in no parking areas – it is prohibited and may result in a fine. Emergency services need access at all times.
  • Don’t enter closed areas. Playgrounds, picnic areas and restrooms are closed until further notice. Many of these are high-touch areas where physical distancing is difficult.
  • Don’t gather with more than five people outside your household.
  • Don’t leave your trash in the park. Take it with you to throw away at home.
  • Don’t visit crowded parks; if it looks difficult to maintain physical distancing, find another park to visit or come back later.

Additionally, when boating:

  • Keep your distance at the pay station; learn more about payment options
  • Park in every other stall
  • Don’t beach your boat next to others
  • Don’t raft up – keep your distance

What’s open*

  • Parks, trails & walkways
  • Parking lots & boat launches
  • Golf courses
  • Sports courts, disc golf course & athletic fields
  • Beaches
  • Skate parks
  • Off-leash areas

*All visitors should follow physical distancing and public health guidelines. Groups and gatherings of more than five people are prohibited under the governor’s Safe Start plan.

What’s closed

  • Restrooms
  • Playgrounds
  • Spray park
  • Picnic shelters
  • Facility rentals

Find a full list of facility closures and service changes.

Park maintenance

With limited staffing at this time, parks maintenance teams are prioritizing tasks considered immediately necessary including urgent repairs, emergency response and preservation activities. All parks are on a schedule to be mowed throughout the spring and summer. Due to limited staffing, however, they will not be mowed as often as previous seasons. Regular grounds maintenance will be performed sparingly to prevent overgrowth and damage to parks. All other work not immediately necessary will be delayed until further notice.