The city of Vancouver announced that it would close all play structures, picnic shelters and sport courts at its parks Monday afternoon, effective immediately.
The closure, meant to slow the spread of COVID-19, will remain in effect until April 30. Open areas, like fields, beaches and trails, remain open to the public as long as attendees can safely maintain 6 feet of space between one another. Pickup games and gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited.
“As residents settle into new habits with work changes and school closures, we know that parks are a vital resource to help maintain physical and mental health,” Vancouver Parks and Recreation Department Director Julie Hannon said in a press release.
“It’s important to remember that parks are not a safe haven from this virus and all residents need to be following public health recommendations on social distancing. Many people have not followed the initial guidelines we provided, so it is necessary to take more assertive action to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.”
Park restrooms, however, will remain open.
The Marine Park Boat Launch will stay open, but visitors must practice social distancing while launching or retrieving their vessel. The water features at Columbia River and Esther Short parks will remain shut off until April 30.
Swift Skate Park is closed altogether.
Ongoing updates on Vancouver’s response to the coronavirus can be found www.cityofvancouver.us/coronavirus.