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Posted on: May 7, 2020

City of Washougal Parks Response to Governor Jay Inslee’s “Safe Start Washington” Plan

In accordance with Governor Jay Inslee’s easing of outdoor recreations restrictions announced April 27, the City of Washougal has begun implementing a phased approach to open some city parks and facilities. The first step has been to open Lower Hathaway Park (799 25th Street) allowing citizens to recreate by the Washougal River. Sandy Swimming Hole Park, Steamboat Landing Dock, playgrounds, restrooms, sports courts/fields, and picnic shelters will remain closed until Phase Three of Governor Inslee’s plan. If we are to stop this virus it is critical to continue to comply with social distancing.

During this time people may continue to exercise and spend time outdoors. When outdoors, everyone should practice social distancing and remain six feet or more away from anyone from not living within their household.

Parks maintenance crews will be working split shifts to meet public health recommendations for protecting citizens and employees. This means the City’s parks will be mowed less frequently and other routine tasks will be deferred. City Hall hopes to open in Phase Three. In the meantime, staff is working to implement social distancing regulations to help keep citizens and employees safe.

When outdoors, remember these tips to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay close to home, except for essential trips.
  • Recreate with immediate household members only. Recreating with those outside of your household creates new avenues for virus transmission.
  • Keep at least 6 feet of physical distance from anyone who is not part of your
  • Wear a face covering or a mask when you cannot maintain 6 feet of physical
    distance - but know that a mask is not a free pass to socialize with people
    who are not household contacts.

Individuals should not call 911 to report others in noncompliance and should avoid confrontations over enforcement. To report non-compliance, please call the City’s non-emergency number at (360) 835-7559.

The City will continue to monitor newly released information to determine additional modifications as needed.

We would like to thank the community for its patience and understanding.


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