"Did My Washington State Park Open Today?"

I'm no wizard, check it out yourself!

May 4, 2020
Deception Pass Bridge

by Gregr

Did your favorite Washington State Park open today? I dunno, look:

Alta Lake
Battle Ground Lake
Bay View
Belfair
Birch Bay
Blake Island
Blind Island
Bridgeport
Bridle Trails
Brooks Memorial
Cama Beach
Camano Island
Centennial Trail
Clark Island
Columbia Plateau Trail
Conconully
Curlew Lake
Cutts Island
Dash Point (reduced capacity)
Deception Pass
Doe Island
Dosewallips
Eagle Island
Federation Forest
Fields Spring
Flaming Geyser
Fort Casey
Fort Ebey
Fort Flagler
Fort Townsend
Fort Worden
Ginkgo Petrified Forest
Hope Island - Mason
Hope Island - Skagit
Ike Kinswa
Illahee
Jackson House
James Island
Jarrell Cove
Joemma Beach

Jones Island
Joseph Whidbey
Kanaskat-Palmer
Kinney Point
Kitsap Memorial
Kopachuck
Lake Chelan
Lake Easton
Lake Sammamish (reduced capacity)
Lake Sylvia
Lake Wenatchee
Larrabee
Lewis & Clark
Lewis & Clark Trail
Lime Kiln Point
Lincoln Rock
Lyons Ferry
Manchester
Matia Island
McMicken Island
Miller Peninsula
Millersylvania
Moran
Mount Pilchuck
Mount Spokane
Mystery Bay
Nine Mile Recreation Area
Nisqually
Nolte
Obstruction Pass
Olallie
Olmstead Place
Palouse Falls
Palouse to Cascades
Paradise Point
Patos Island
Peace Arch
Pearrygin Lake
Penrose Point

Posey Island
Potholes
Potlatch
Rainbow Falls
Rasar
Reed Island
Riverside
Rockport
Sacajawea
Saddlebag Island
Saint Edward (reduced capacity)
Saltwater
Scenic Beach
Schafer
Seaquest
Sequim Bay
Shine Tidelands
Skagit Island
South Whidbey
Spencer Spit
Squak Mountain
Squilchuck
Steamboat Rock
Steptoe Battlefield
Steptoe Butte
Stuart Island
Sucia Island
Sun Lakes-Dry Falls
Tolmie
Triton Cove
Turn Island
Twanoh
Twenty-Five Mile Creek
Wanapum Recreation Area
Wenatchee Confluence
Willapa Hills Trail
Yakima Sportsman

Source.

K, I'm going back to hate-surfing Facebook now. 

"But wait, I barely recongnize any of those - what about the parks I do know?!" On Friday, May 8th, King County will begin "re-opening our parks and trails, including regional and backcountry trails, with some restrictions. Facilities, such restrooms, play areas, sports courts, campgrounds, and picnic shelters, remain closed, and organized events and programs remain suspended," says King County Parks.

They go on to add this list of status and follow it with some tips to not be a dummy.

  • Backcountry Trails (hiking, trail running, mountain biking, horseback riding) - Open
  • Ballfields - Open – no organized activities
  • Basketball/Tennis/Sport Courts - Closed
  • Campground (Tolt-MacDonald Park) - Closed
  • Climbing wall (Marymoor Park) - Closed
  • Community Centers & Indoor Facilities - Closed – not taking reservations
  • Community Gardens (Marymoor Park & N. Green River Park) - Open
  • Concessions - Closed
  • Disc Golf (Dick Thurnau Memorial Park) - Closed
  • Docks/Boat Launch (Cottage Lake Park, Dockton Park, Five Mile Lake Park, Marymoor West) - Open
  • Fields - Open – no organized activities
  • Fishing - Open
  • Jerry Baker Memorial Velodrome (Marymoor Park) - Open – no organized activities
  • Katherine Taylor Equestrian Park - Open – no organized activities
  • Off Leash Dog Area (Marymoor Park) - Open
  • Parking Lots - Open
  • Picnic Shelters - Closed
  • Play Areas - Closed
  • Regional Trails  - Open
  • Radio Control Air Fields (Marymoor Park & Marlow Anderson R/C Field) - Open
  • Restrooms - Closed
  • Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center & Banquet Hall - Closed

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. Add hand sanitizer and a face covering to your 10 Essentials. 
  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. 

Ok, now to be murdered by the insane things people say in the comments of Facebook. Sigh.