Parks and Recreation
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Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services

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All City of Edmonds parks, open space, beaches and trails are open. Facilities, such restrooms, play areas and picnic shelters, are scheduled to reopen in Phase 3. Organized events and programs are also scheduled to resume with modifications in phase 3. 

Visitors are asked to “Keep it Moving!” – meaning to use our parks, trails and beaches for walking, running, riding, and rolling. No congregating in parking lots or trailheads and no team sports or pick-up games on ballfields until phase 3 is achieved. 

The health and safety of residents and Parks employees is paramount, and we will continue to monitor our parks, beaches and trails to ensure that that visitors are following physical distancing and other public health guidelines.

We’ve continued doing the essential work of caring for our system, but know that there will be trails and other areas needing attention. As you start to explore our parks please help us by reporting crowding, areas that need attention, or other issues by emailing edmondsparks@edmondswa.gov

The current status of park and recreation amenities:
Amenity Status
Ballfields Open – no organized activities until phase 3
Basketball/Tennis/Sport Courts Closed - schedule to reopen phase 2
Beaches Open
Frances Anderson Center Closed - scheduled ot reopen phase 3
Fields Open – no organized activities until phase 3
Fishing Pier Open
Meadowdale Clubhouse (preschool & rentals) Closed - rentals will resume phase 3
Off Leash Dog Area (Marina Beach Park) Closed - scheduled to reopen phase 3
Parking Lots Open
Picnic Shelters (Hickman Park & City Park) Closed - scheduled to reopen phase 3
Playgrounds Closed - scheduled to reopen phase 3
Plaza Room Rentals Closed - scheduled to resume phase 3
Permanent Restrooms Closed - scheduled to reopen phase 3


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

How will Parks adapt its operations to make sure employees are protected? 

Under the guidance of our public health experts, the City of Edmonds has decided that certain facilities will remain closed until we reach phase 3, such as restrooms, play areas  and picnic shelters, both to protect visitors as well as our Parks employees.   

We have adapted our operational protocols to adjust to the current circumstances in ways that protect our employees and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  

Some of these measures include:  
  • Operations and maintenance employees have been issued disposable gloves, face coverings, and hand sanitizer.  
  • We are encouraging physical distancing among employees by: Contractors performing work at Parks-owned sites are required to update and implement Health and Safety Plans to reflect COVID-19 prevention measures.
  • Adjusting work shifts to decrease the number of employees in the maintenance shop/office at the same time 
  • Sanitizing tools, equipment, and vehicles after use 
  • Performing only necessary maintenance work to protect city parks and facilities while providing city employee and the public’s safety.

When will you resume full operations? 
We are taking a phased approach to re-opening. We will monitor use, encourage park and trail visitors to recreate responsibly, and continue to make informed decisions based upon the COVID-19 data and guidance from our public health experts. Our decisions about re-opening and returning to full operations depends in part on visitors practicing safe distancing and following public health guidelines and are based on the State of Washington’s Phased Approach to Reopening. 

At this time, we are not taking reservations for scheduled use, team practices or games, or other types of events prior to July 1, 2020. These activities will be authorized to resume once we reach phase 3 of Washingtons phased reopening plan. For more information on park amenities and scheduled opening dates please see our "PLAY IT SAFE" PLAN.  

We will continue to update this page as conditions evolve. Follow us on Facebook to stay up to date about any changes in Parks’ operations. 


Why are restrooms closed?
We want to discourage people from gathering and staying at these public spaces. People generally stay if there are facilities. By keeping the restrooms closed, we are encouraging people to enjoy the space for a short period of time then head home. We have a plan to reopen the restrooms in Phase 3 and it will include cleaning twice a day by staff in full PPE. Portable toilets, which are serviced by a third-party vendor, are open throughout our system.


Why is the off-leash dog park closed?
The dog park is scheduled to reopen in phase 3. At this time the CDC recomends the following:  
  • Do not let pets interact with people or other animals outside the household
  • Keep cats indoors when possible to prevent them from interacting with other animals or people
  • Walk dogs on a leash, maintaining at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people and animals
  • Avoid dog parks or public places where a large number of people and dogs gather

The ballfields are open, so can my team get together to practice? 
The ballfields are open for informal recreation with the members of your household. Enjoy your time, but please limit your stay so others may enjoy the fields as well. 

Team sports, pick-up games, or other organized activities are scheduled to resume in phase 3. The Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order remains in effect and we urge people to keep it moving, using our parks for walking, running, riding, rolling, and passing through.  

We will resume taking reservations for scheduled use, team practices, games and other events in June, these activities will not be allowable until phase 3 is reached. 


If Parks are open why are the Tennis Courts still closed?
Sports Courts (sand volleyuball, tennis, pickleball and basketball) are scheduled to open in phase 2. Those with fences and gates are locked, all have signage. Staffed tennis courts are allowable in phase 1 however, the City's courts are not staffed and therefore are not scheduled to reopen until phase 2. The Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order remains in effect, and we urge people to keep it moving, using our parks for walking, running, riding, rolling, and passing through. 


When will the Skate Park at Civic Field open?
The Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order remains in effect, and we urge people to keep it moving, using our parks for walking, running, riding, rolling, and passing through. 

The skate park presents several challenges given the potential for high touch surfaces and the difficulty to maintain social distance. The Skate Park is scheduled to open in phase 3.


Will Yost Pool and the Hazel Miller Spray Park at City Park be open this Summer?
Unfortunately, Yost Pool will not open this Summer. The Spray Park is still under consideration however it is unlikely due to the challenge it would be to enforce social distancing and safety measures amongst our young park visitors.


There are so many dogs on our beaches, who can we call? What can we do?
The Parks department is working to revise our No Dogs on Beaches signage to be more strategic and prominent and we hope that will help address some of the problem. We do not encourage people to assume the role of enforcement due to the risk of escalating conflict. Instead, when you witness a dog on the beach please call an Animal Control officer to report the infraction at the time it is occurring. They appreciate being made aware of the extent of problem to help them develop a strategy to best address it. Their phone number is (425) 775-3000. 

As a reminder, Dogs are allowed in Edmonds Parks but they must remain on a leash and must stay off playgrounds, sports fields and the beaches. Edmonds Off Leash Dog Park is scheduled to open in phase 3.  


How are you enforcing social distancing requirements and will you close if people aren’t following the guidelines?  
Currently, we do not have the resources to enforce social distancing at all our parks and trails. We encourage people to recreate responsibility to keep each other safe and help keep parks, beaches and trails open. Please do your part to help save lives and slow the spread of the virus! 

We will monitor use, encourage park and beach visitors (through on-site signs and social media) to recreate responsibly, and continue to make informed operational decisions based upon the COVID-19 data and guidance from our public health experts. 

If further COVID-19 concerns develop, we may close parks and beach’s with limited notice to protect public health. 


Where can I report if I see crowding, congregating, or other issues in parks or along trails? 
Please report crowding, areas needing attention, or other issues by sending an email to: edmondsparks@edmondswa.gov  

Tips to Recreate Responsibly:
  1. Keep your distance – Recreate with those in your household. Give others plenty of room and communicate who will step aside on the trail (trail etiquette gives hikers coming uphill the right of way). 
  2. Stay local– Don’t stray too far from home when recreating. Keep rural communities safe by minimizing stops and bringing all that you’ll need for your outing. 
  3. Keep it moving– Use parks and trails for walking, running, riding, rolling, and passing through. 
  4. Plan ahead – And be prepared to go somewhere else if your destination seems crowded. Bring some hand sanitizer and a face covering.
  5. Play it safe – Keep your activities within your comfort and skill level to reduce the risk of injury and adding to the strain on our health care and emergency services. 
  6. Leave no trace Take any garbage with you, including disposable face masks and gloves.