During the closure period there will be no park, parking lot, restroom or beach access
VANCOUVER — Vancouver Parks and Recreation is closing Wintler Community Park (6400 Beach Dr.) as a precautionary measure in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The closure goes into effect Thu., April 9 and will remain in place through May 4.
During the closure period there will be no park, parking lot, restroom or beach access. The portion of the Columbia River Renaissance Trail that ends in Wintler Community Park will remain open but trail users may not travel off the paved pathway and should practice physical distancing of at least six feet at all times.
Wintler Community Park is a popular destination due to its beach access. Closing the park now is meant to prevent crowds from gathering as temperatures begin to rise.
“We want to be able to keep parks and trails open but that can only happen when people are following CDC guidelines for safety in public spaces,” said Parks and Recreation Director Julie Hannon. “The health of our community is our top priority right now and there are too many people not taking public health guidelines seriously while using outdoor spaces. We will continue to monitor all of our parks and take whatever measures are needed to keep them safe.”
Gates to the park will remain locked after April 8 operating hours. Vancouver Parks and Recreation will begin posting signs and barricades at Wintler Community Park and along that stretch of the Columbia River Renaissance Trail on April 9. Vancouver Police Department will also educate people regarding the closure when patrolling the area.
For information about park safety and public health guidelines please visit www.cityofvancouver.us/parksrec/page/park-safety-and-public-health-guidelines.
For ongoing updates related to the city’s response to novel coronavirus COVID-19, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/coronavirus.
Information provided by city of Vancouver.