OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission on Saturday released a list of 100 state parks and properties that will reopen for day-use starting Tuesday, May 5.
Certain parks will remain closed, including all ocean beach parks and those along the Columbia River Gorge, officials said.
“Beaches and camping have been identified in Phase 2 of Gov. Inslee’s reopening plan,” officials wrote in a news release. “Parks will coordinate with the governor’s office as we move toward that milestone.”
“State Parks will also take steps to reduce parking capacity at some urban locations such as Lake Sammamish, Saint Edward and Dash Point by limiting parking. Reducing the number of parking stalls available will help decrease the number of people who can access the parks at one time, minimizing crowds.”
Officials ask the public to:
- Stay close to home.
- Check the status of their favorite park or trailheads before heading out.
- Come prepared with their own handwashing supplies.
- Follow State Parks’ guidelines for responsible recreation.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Friday that the state’s coronavirus stay-at-home order would be extended through at least May 31 and said there will be a four-stage phase-in for lifting of restrictions, starting with allowing retail curbside pickup, automobile sales and car washes by mid-May.
There will be a minimum of three weeks between each phase, though he said some counties with lower numbers of cases and deaths may be able to open parts of their economy sooner if approved by the Department of Health.
Washington saw the nation’s first confirmed COVID-19 case in January, as well as the first deadly cluster, at a Seattle-area nursing home. Inslee in March was among the first governors to order sweeping social distancing restrictions.
Here is the full list of parks that will reopen, followed by parks that will remain closed:
PARKS OPENING MAY 5
Battle Ground Lake
Columbia Plateau Trail
Dash Point (reduced capacity)
Ginkgo Petrified Forest
Hope Island - Mason
Hope Island - Skagit
Lake Sammamish (reduced capacity)
Lewis & Clark
Lewis & Clark Trail
Lime Kiln Point
Nine Mile Recreation Area
Palouse to Cascades
Saint Edward (reduced capacity)
Sun Lakes-Dry Falls
Twenty-Five Mile Creek
Wanapum Recreation Area
Willapa Hills Trail
PARKS REMAINING CLOSED
Cedar Falls Trailhead (on Palouse to Cascades Trail)
Columbia Hills (limited fishing access)
Crawford State Park and Gardner Caves
Maryhill (watercraft launch will open)
Spring Creek Hatchery
The Associated Press contributed to this story.