Just one day after Governor Jay Inslee announced that the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order will be extended to May 31, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has announced the reopening of state-managed parks.
The temporary closure of all state-managed parks, wildlife areas, and water areas has been in place since March 25 and will reopen for day use beginning on Tuesday, May 5.
Washington’s newly open parks come with several restrictions that will remain in place until the next phases of Gov. Inslee’s reopening plan.
Park visitors will have to stay close to home, check the status of their favorite park or trailheads before heading out, come prepared with their own handwashing supplies, as well as follow new State Parks’ guidelines including avoiding crowds, practicing physical distancing, and washing hands often.
Park-goers are reminded to pack out what they pack in and come prepared as there may be reduced or limited restroom services.
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is currently coordinating with the governor’s office as to when beaches and camping can be reopened.
A full list of parks opening on May 5 includes the following: