Visiting parks during a pandemic

Last updated April 6, 2021 2:09 p.m.

Updates:

March 22, 2021: Snohomish County is now in phase three of the state's Healthy Washington plan. Learn more below about what parks activities and amenities are now allowed.

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.

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, 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, we closed our restrooms and amenities. We will reopen amenities as allowed by the state’s Healthy Washington 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 10 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.
  • 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. 
  • Don’t gather with more than 10 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*

*All visitors should follow physical distancing and public health guidelines. See phase guidance of the Healthy Washington Plan for more information.

What’s closed

  • Spray park
  • Forest Park Swim Center
  • Animal Farm at Forest Park

Find a full list of facility closures and service changes.

COVID-19 playground guidelines graphicWhen using playgrounds and play areas:

  •  - Use at your own risk - equipment is not sanitized
  •  - Don't gather with more than five people outside of your household
  •  - Wash/sanitize hands before and after use
  •  - Wear a face cover if over the age of 2
  •  - Stay for a short time (30 minutes or less) to give everyone an opportunity to play

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.