Seattle closes parking lots at 8 popular parks to curb crowds

Seattle News

SEATTLE — The City of Seattle is closing the parking lots at eight popular parks to discourage people from gathering and hanging out in groups, which is now a violation of Gov. Inslee’s stay at home order.

The park grounds are still open for walking and exercise, as long as people stay at least 6 feet apart.

The affected parks include Green Lake, Seward Park, Lincoln Park, Golden Gardens, Magnuson Park, Gas Works, Alki Beach and Discovery Park.

All Seattle beaches are closed to gatherings.

“We still want people to be able to enjoy our parks during this stressful time,” said Jesus Aguirre, superintendent of Seattle Parks & Recreation. “But we have seen many of our parks have become too busy to allow folks to properly create social distance. Our hope is that closing parking lots will reduce crowds. If folks are not able to maintain six feet of space, we will need to close parks.”

And near North Bend, the Rattlesnake Ledge trail is also closed to hikers.

This article first appeared on KOMO News.

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