City of Washougal provides parks update for COVID-19 response

To ensure the safety of citizens, the city of Washougal has closed playgrounds, restrooms, docks, sports courts/fields, and picnic shelters until at least May 4

WASHOUGAL — The city of Washougal Parks Department is responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency and related federal, state and city directives in order to ensure the health, safety and well-being of the community and staff. 

To ensure the safety of citizens, the city of Washougal has closed playgrounds, restrooms, docks, sports courts/fields, and picnic shelters until at least May 4. The city will continue to work with Clark County Public Health to evaluate options beyond this timeline. Photo courtesy of city of Washougal
To ensure the safety of citizens, the city of Washougal has closed playgrounds, restrooms, docks, sports courts/fields, and picnic shelters until at least May 4. The city will continue to work with Clark County Public Health to evaluate options beyond this timeline. Photo courtesy of city of Washougal

To ensure the safety of citizens, the city of Washougal has closed playgrounds, restrooms, docks, sports courts/fields, and picnic shelters until at least May 4. The city will continue to work with Clark County Public Health to evaluate options beyond this timeline. The closure coincides with the extension of Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy,” order.

During this time, city officials encourage area residents to continue to exercise and spend time outdoors. Parks and trails should always be limited to current social distancing of six feet or more between people from different households.

In order to meet public health recommendations for protecting citizens and employees, parks maintenance crews have been split and are working every-other-week shifts. During this time, the city’s park will be mowed less frequently and other routine tasks will be deferred.

Continue to practice social distancing:

• Follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to parks and trails. Wash your hand, carry hand sanitizer, do not visit public space if you have symptoms, and cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.

• Observe at all times CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people. Practice it and know what it looks like. Keep it as you walk, bike or hike.

• Bring a suitable trash bag. Leave no trash, take everything out to protect city works.

For information on the status Clark County parks within Washougal, visit https://www.clark.wa.gov/covid19.

For information about the city of Washougal’s response to COVID-19, please visit http://cityofwashougal.us/COVID19.

The city will continue to monitor newly released information to determine additional modifications as needed and would like to thank the public for its patience and understanding.

Information provided by city of Washougal.

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