CLOSURES: Mayor closing major parks this weekend, including Alki Beach, Lincoln Park, West Seattle Stadium

(Added: WSB photo, Alki Beach Park, 4:30 pm)

Just in from the mayor’s office:

Because of continued gatherings in major parks and crowded public places, the City of Seattle announced today the full closure of major regional parks this weekend where social distancing guidelines have not been followed by patrons. Seattle is joining major cities like Austin and Los Angeles across the country in closing major parks for the weekend. The change is effective Friday, April 10th at 11pm and will parks reopen on Monday, April 12 at 4:30 am. Data shows that social distancing measures are effectively reducing the transmission rate, but any easing of those measures could lead to a resurgence in transmission. Moreover, all city departments are having to adjust to the impacts that COVID-19 has had on employees, their families and the city workforce.

“These are the beautiful weather days we crave all winter, but we are living in unprecedented times and the Governor’s order isn’t stay out – it’s stay home. Seattle’s frontline medical workers, vulnerable residents, and displaced workers need you to stay home. While Seattle is expecting near perfect weather, friends and families should not have family or friend outings, picnics or gatherings in parks. Stay home unless you need to go to an essential job or business. If you need to take a walk in your neighborhood, be smart and don’t help create a crowded place. Too many friends, residents and families are continuing to gathering for picnics, BBQs, basketball games, and group walks. Because we still are in danger of a spike in infections, hospitalizations and deaths we have to keep doing out part. Easing up on social distancing too early will put more people at risk, could overwhelm our health care system, and could delay the reopening of businesses. Stay home, and if you must leave your home, be smart, follow social distancing guidelines by stay at lease six feet from everyone and wear a mask” said Mayor Jenny Durkan. “Our collective effort has made an impact flattening the curve, but we must continue or face even greater and longer term consequences.”

Closing these parks temporarily will help ensure more people are keeping the distancing they need to from other people. While our neighborhood parks will remain open, the city will consider closing them or making temporary closures longer term if visitors can’t follow safety guidelines. While the City of Seattle has closed parking lots at the largest regional parks, significant gatherings and disregard for social distancing have continued.

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s eight destination parks Green Lake, Lincoln, Golden Gardens, Seward Park, Magnuson Park, Gas Works, Alki Beach, and Discovery, as well as Cal Anderson, Carkeek, Woodland Park, Volunteer Park, Kubota Garden, West Seattle Stadium, and the Washington Park Arboretum will close on Friday, April 10th at 11pm and will reopen Monday, April 12 at 4:30 am.. Stan Sayres, Magnuson, Don Armeni, and Atlantic St boat launches are also closed. Trails at Lake Washington Boulevard will remain open, but group gatherings will be prohibited. Rattlesnake Lake Recreation Area and Rattlesnake Ledge Trail will remain closed. Next week, the City will is evaluating and implementing a park by park plan to ensure residents can safely utilize larger regional parks when they reopen.

“The Police Department is asking community members to continue to follow the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order. Seattle has worked so hard to flatten the COVID curve in our region, now is not the time for our community to become complacent,” said Chief Carmen Best. “The Police Department supports the Mayor’s decision to close the parks, and we will work with the Parks Department to carry out this order. However, the Seattle Police Department cannot police us out this pandemic. Please stay at home for the health and safety of your family, friends, and loved ones.”

“As the weather has warmed up over the past few days, we’ve seen more and more people heading out to our regional parks, this has created a significant threat to the health and safety of our community. We are closing these parks to more firmly support the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, and to keep our most vulnerable neighbors safe,” said Jesus Aguirre, Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent.

Previous orders closed parking lots at those same West Seattle parks.

145 Replies to "CLOSURES: Mayor closing major parks this weekend, including Alki Beach, Lincoln Park, West Seattle Stadium"

  • Peeb April 9, 2020 (3:40 pm)

    West Seattle Stadium was actually closed yesterday…not sure if it ever re-opened.

    • WSB April 9, 2020 (3:49 pm)

      Multiple commenters on the parking-lot closure thread reported it was accessible earlier today.

    • Britney McDaniel April 9, 2020 (5:01 pm)

      Yes, it was closed (pedestrian gate padlocked yesterday,  Wed). But, must’ve been open today (Thursday). I have a view of the stadium from my condo and can see just a handful of ppl exercising. Sad it’s closing. Folks have actually been doing very good job of maintaining social distance. I’d been out there every other day for the last 8 or 9 days.

  • ktrapp April 9, 2020 (3:43 pm)

    Example #223,457,937 on why we can’t have nice things.

    • HS April 9, 2020 (6:49 pm)


  • Greystreet April 9, 2020 (3:44 pm)

    Finally! But now it will be the barrage of the “Me” culture, “How dare they prevent me from going outside”, “How dare they not allow me to use public spaces” and for these folks, I simply shake my head. I think it was 3 weeks ago now when my partner and I turned around on a walk because Alki looked like a regular summer day. It is baffling to me why folks can’t seem to abide, if they don’t live in your household, don’t congregate with them at all. Godspeed everyone, we are all equally as “over it” at this point, but we are doing so well, keep it up! 

    • flimflam April 9, 2020 (4:50 pm)

      Yes, i agree completely. As far as “over it”, it’s really only been a few weeks…

  • John Q Lincoln April 9, 2020 (3:48 pm)

    Why this weekend?  Why not last weekend or two weeks ago  I thought Seattle was doing great in regard to flattening the curve.  Plenty of room to exercise while maintaining social distancing standards in city parks.

    • Go gull April 9, 2020 (4:26 pm)

      Sadly there have apparently been too many instances of people not maintaining enough social distance in parks, for them to remain open.

      These circumstances suck, especially hard with this weather, but this is temporary.

      For now, knowing our local wildlife can freely enjoy the parks at least, makes me happy.

  • Fauntleroy Resident April 9, 2020 (3:48 pm)

    I wish they would just patrol the parks for unacceptable activities vs. close them entirely.  

    • Jon Wright April 9, 2020 (3:53 pm)

      Are “they” just sitting around with nothing better to do? Isn’t it risky health-wise if “they” have to be out rousting a bunch of scofflaws? And just who is “they”?

    • newnative April 9, 2020 (4:08 pm)

      it would be cat wrangling at best. People would temporarily separate and then clump back together.  and it would be a waste of a valuable resource. Why can’t people just follow simple instructions? Why are people treating this emergency like a #$#@ vacation? Why are there still groups of exercise classes and soccer games at Hiawatha being held? Why do people think it’s okay to hop in their cars and cruise around? Why don’t people want to end this pandemic sooner? 

      • Alki resident April 9, 2020 (6:30 pm)

        Because it IS ok to get in your cars and drive around. 

        • Beepee April 9, 2020 (8:01 pm)

          Might as well keep our carbon footprints down while we’re at it

      • Bradley April 10, 2020 (2:02 am)

        A car with the widows up and a HEPA cabin filter is as safe for the driver as a hazmat suit. My car is an extension of my living room. Even Governor Inslee publicly said “you can go for a drive if you want to”.

    • Go gull April 9, 2020 (4:12 pm)

      That would take more resources than are likely available right now and would put those enforcing in contact with people, which wouldn’t make sense.

      The strategy right now is to reduce contact among people to slow the transmission.

    • Jamie April 9, 2020 (4:42 pm)

      I wonder if this will also apply to the off-leash dog park at Westcrest.

      • Jon Wright April 9, 2020 (7:19 pm)

        “The” off-leash dog park? From what I’ve seen, every park (and school yard) in West Seattle is now an off-leash dog park.

        • J Koutsky April 10, 2020 (3:22 pm)

            Jean, I wish you the best. I will be following the advice of    the doctors and scientists. JPK

  • David April 9, 2020 (3:50 pm)

    This is a mess.

  • Mr E April 9, 2020 (3:52 pm)

    This closure is long overdue and I applaud the Mayor for her decision. Seattleites are not heeding the Governor’s order to stay at home. People are operating under a just-world hypothesis that bad things happen to bad people, but we have definitive proof that this novel coronavirus can infect anyone. The longer people choose to ignore the stay-at-home policy, the longer we all have to wait for the Governor to lift the order. These are substantial risks people are taking by simply refusing to stay at home. I never knew so many people in Seattle can afford the medical costs when they have to go to an emergency room.

  • Bradley April 9, 2020 (3:57 pm)

    This is beyond ridiculous. How do you close Beach Drive and the Alki waterfront? It’s a major thoroughfare for tens of thousands of residents. People will still street-park there by the thousands in their cars, especially as most of the Alki restaurants are open for takeout. Closing off countless acres of beach means more people competing for less open space on Beach Drive. Discovery Park? That’s several hundred acres of wild, open space for Seattle residents to get away from each other. Closing Lincoln Park means 135 LESS acres for social distancing. Same situation with Seward Park. Closing off the parking lots and picnic tables is more than enough to reduce any crowds. Our Mayor is only creating more of the social  congestion that spreads COVID-19.

    • John April 9, 2020 (5:35 pm)

      I agree with you! It’s definitely a crazy step especially for just the weekend. I also worry that it will force more people into smaller parks, even those are fairly busy right now. 

      • Go gull April 9, 2020 (6:27 pm)

        I think it makes sense considering the weather, and to keep the momentum of social distancing efforts.

        People cramming into smaller parks shouldn’t happen.  We’ve been advised to stay home, unless we are going to an essential job, getting groceries, walking around the block, or have some other essential need.

        What part of ‘just stay home’ right now is so hard for people to understand? It’s not fun to be restricted, but come on people, just be grateful you have a home and for all the comforts you have.  

        Some of us don’t have a yard and are couped up in a building. If you have a yard, be grateful you can just be outside!

      • Bradley April 9, 2020 (7:53 pm)

        I just got back from Alki and there were lots of people staying safe distances away from each other on the pathway, sidewalks, and beach. But if the beach was closed, at least twice as many people would be crowding the sidewalks. Lincoln Park is a wonderful refuge for people who are crammed into apartments and condos, and now they’ll have 135 less wooded acres to escape to all weekend.

        • Josie April 9, 2020 (9:46 pm)

          Stop acting like you’re being persecuted. Yeah, this all sucks. But folks are acting like they’re in prison. No, you’re being asked to stay in your comfortable house and be bored for a bit. And, you know, not potentially kill people. 

          • Bradley April 9, 2020 (11:14 pm)

            Outdoor exercise is listed as an “essential need” under the Order. Our short-sighted Mayor has just wiped-out a few thousand acres of space that belongs to all of us and that we all pay for. That 2-day loss of precious open space on the first warm weekend of the year will result in thousands of potentially contagious residents clogging Alki and Lake Washington Blvd sidewalks. Social distancing requires space, and eliminating it is the height of foolishness. 

          • Alki April 10, 2020 (3:27 am)

            Nobody is stopping you from walking outside of your house. You’re complaining about .01% of our city being closed off for your use because you want to use it. Walk around the block walk around five blocks as long as it’s not inside of a park that is closed.

          • Shawn April 10, 2020 (11:40 am)

            Social distancing does not require space, you have a home, everyone outside doing pointless activities has a home. Stay in your home and exercise. Or just continue to be the problem and cause this to draw out longer.Everyone who ends up contracting covid-19 probably wishes they did not act like entitled children doing whatever they please.

    • WS Resident April 9, 2020 (8:29 pm)

      “Our Mayor is only creating more of the social  congestion that spreads COVID-19.” Only the people can create social congestion, and only the people can stop it. Stay at home. There’s no social congestion if everyone stays home. Going out, meeting friends, and then going back home increases the probability that a person brings the virus back home as well. Just stay there. This will go on for YEARS–relaxing and then reimposing restrictions–unless we get a handle on it now. That happened in 1918-19 in three separate peaks due to optimistic (premature) relaxation of restrictions.

    • KM April 10, 2020 (8:09 am)

      Seattle should what many other major cities have managed to do during this time…close some roadways to cars. Lake Washington Blvd. would be a great start. Closing select roadways in every neighborhood to cars while traffic is down and we’re requiring our residents to social distance would be great. I cross at least every block of not more to avoid other people, often without a single car coming down the roadway while I’m on the block. 

  • Yma April 9, 2020 (4:02 pm)

    Gosh dang it folks. Those who have ignored  the social distancing have made it harder on many others.I’d been to Lincoln Park & Alki to walk over the past couple of weeks – making very sure to keep distance, walking away from others &/or waiting.walking by the water is a solace to me and mental health is also needed at this time.  We will stay away – stay home, do some gardening, walk around the neighborhood ( with distance & caution).stay safe & be kind

    • John April 9, 2020 (9:16 pm)

      I’m glad you got to enjoy Lincoln Park for a bit there. I haven’t been in several weeks it was just too many people for my taste. I could look down through the binoculars from my house and count 50 + people along the waterfront for a good portion of the day.I miss Linkin Park back in the day when people didn’t come from out of the city

  • Mark April 9, 2020 (4:17 pm)

    Great.  Close the big parks so people will cram together in the small parks. 

    • John April 9, 2020 (5:35 pm)

      Thank you!! I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who had that thought! Fauntleroy park has been particularly busy and I’m sure it will be even busier now. I went for a drive down Beach drive a couple days ago and there were people sitting on picnic blankets right next to the sidewalk and all over the place it was amazing

      • Wes C. Addle April 9, 2020 (6:45 pm)

        Why do you need to go to a park this weekend? Is it that much of a sacrifice? Just stay at home and let’s get this over with before our country collapses even further. 

        • John April 9, 2020 (9:14 pm)

          I didn’t say I “need ” to go to the park this weekend. I made a point about smaller parts being flooded. I haven’t been to Lincoln Park and weeks thanks to all the people that come from all over and are just locals around here. I had hoped when they close the parking lots that there would be fewer people but there was a similar number. Even Fauntleroy Park is getting packed full of people now and that’s usually one of the quieter ones

        • Susan April 10, 2020 (6:44 pm)

          You do not need to go to a park or beach. It’s not about you. It’s about the health workers who will save your butt if you get infected. They need to be kept safe, as do our first responders. Walk around your neighborhood. That’s enough!

  • Matt April 9, 2020 (4:19 pm)

    What I am curious about is what does this means closing Alki Beach Park? Does that mean the sandy part cannot be accessed, what about the benches on the concrete part, what about the trail along the water? If it is only the sand part then people may gather in a more limited space making matters worst. The only way to really prevent would be to not allow cars except for residents of the area and then only allow people on the move walking, running, biking, skating or rolling but that is a lot of policing

    • WSB April 9, 2020 (5:12 pm)

      Theoretically, the entire park. Will be interesting to see what kind of police presence is assigned. We just went thru Alki, not too overrun, one SPD car in view.

  • JORGE April 9, 2020 (4:25 pm)


    Remember, if anyone gets sick, we could all get sick!

  • dsa April 9, 2020 (4:25 pm)

    I’m seeing more people out walking and playing with their kids than normal for weekdays.  So it makes sense to me that too many would think let’s go to the park.

  • Rick April 9, 2020 (4:26 pm)

    Selfish is as selfish does and we have plenty of that to go around here.

  • MayorWestSide April 9, 2020 (4:26 pm)

    People are staying home almost all the time… the Governor said walks are ok.   It’s when people are meeting non-household members or socializing too close we have a problem. Some people still just don’t get it.   We went to Lincoln park several times and it’s clear the groups over 2 don’t live together!  Come on people use some common sense.  Mayor West Seattle  – Coming soon My pothole campaign! 

    • Amy April 9, 2020 (4:54 pm)

      Uh, how is it clear groups over 2 don’t live together? There are 3 runners in my house hold and we often run together. 

    • So quick to judge April 9, 2020 (5:05 pm)

      Hmmm my family of 4 goes on walks daily and we all live in the same house.

    • John April 9, 2020 (5:38 pm)

      You’re exactly right! I haven’t even been to Lincoln Park since before they closed the parking lots and even on a rainy day there were lots of people there. Fauntleroy park has been particularly busy as well and I’m sure it will be even busier now

  • Wolfgang April 9, 2020 (4:34 pm)

    Durkan should start distributing masks to households if they wish for people to wear them when outdoors so badly. CDC has confirmed homemade “no-sew bandanna & hair tie” masks do NOT work without an additional filter layer incorporated and the billions of facebook videos I’ve seen showing it do not show anything more than the bandanna and 2 hair ties.

    • Go gull April 9, 2020 (9:51 pm)

      You’re creating a false impression here. The CDC is recommending people wear cloth mask coverings while out in public when there will be close proximity to others, like at the grocery store.  

      Even though they are not as effective as filtered masks like N95’s, the CDC has determined cloth masks DO help some in preventing transmission and are recommending the public to wear them.

  • mrsB April 9, 2020 (4:42 pm)

    How are they going to close Alki Beach?  What about the pedestrian and bike trails?  I would like to see “No Parking” signs all the way along Alki Avenue, that might help, otherwise I think that it’ll be just another sunny weekend at the beach.

    • Alki resident April 9, 2020 (6:53 pm)

      People need parking where they live on the beach , thank you

      • KBear April 9, 2020 (8:17 pm)

        You can park in your garage, Alki Resident. If you can afford to live on Alki, I shouldn’t have to subsidize your parking.  

        • 1994 April 9, 2020 (9:22 pm)

          there is lots of rental housing at Alki and not all of it comes with off street parking just like other areas where housing has been constructed with no parking for residents – this is a caused issue isn’t it? Parking is first come first serve, public space.

          • CAM April 9, 2020 (11:53 pm)

            I thought that the rule on Alki was there had to be 1.5 off street spaces allotted per unit? It would seem you’d have more parking than most in Seattle? 

        • Alki resident April 9, 2020 (11:17 pm)

          Ok so clearly you’ve never been to Alki. There’s tons of buildings that have no parking included. So clearing the street of cars parked with be an injustice for us. Rarely do you see a garage on Alki. 

  • NoLongerPatsFanPNW April 9, 2020 (4:52 pm)

    “No Parks, No Bridge, No Problem” – Life is Easier in West Seattle.

    • me April 9, 2020 (8:08 pm)

      Now if we just had no cars…it would be perfect.

  • Susan April 9, 2020 (5:20 pm)

    Closing the parks for 2 days accomplishes what, other than to get people riled up?  The closures would need to be for at least 2 WEEKS to effect any change in virus transmission.  Or am I missing something here?

    • m April 9, 2020 (8:00 pm)

      Totally agree.  

      • RayWest April 10, 2020 (4:11 am)

        Susan – Like elsewhere around the country,  the reason parks are being closed THIS weekend is because it is Easter. Local governments know people will be tempted to ignore the ‘no gathering’ rules and have some type of a holiday gathering for friends and family in a nearby park. We’ve seen that many people ignore or skirt around the ‘social distancing’ guideline. If left unchecked, people will do this.

    • John April 9, 2020 (9:09 pm)

      Completely agree with you! The mayor has shot herself in the foot on this one because people that want the parks close to help stop the spreadare upset because it’s not long enough and people who don’t want it at all or upset that she’s doing it in the first place

    • Go gull April 9, 2020 (9:57 pm)

      You are missing something. Many of us understand this is necessary.

      Also, just because currently the plan is to only close this weekend, doesn’t mean they won’t extend this, or have a plan to close the parks over more upcoming weekends.

      Please let them do their job, they are looking at this from a higher perspective than you.

      Please do your part and stay home and stay well.

    • RayWest April 11, 2020 (4:28 pm)

      It was closed this particular weekend because it’s Easter, and too many people will be tempted to gather outdoors for the holiday.

  • Infantry72 April 9, 2020 (5:23 pm)

    Based on the amount of knuckleheads driving their coffee canned boy racer hoopties northbound on Beach Dr today, I’d say it’s a ban severely needed at Alki

    • Slowdown April 9, 2020 (6:34 pm)

      I’ve found that shaking my fist at these knuckleheads typically helps. In person though, not in the comments on the blog. 

      • 1994 April 9, 2020 (9:23 pm)

        Or how about wearing your red MAGA hat like Larry David did with the mouthy motor bike rider?

    • Alki resident April 9, 2020 (6:55 pm)

      People can drive their cars. 

      • Go gull April 9, 2020 (9:29 pm)

        Yes, technically you can drive your car, but they’ve been encouraging for weeks now to not leave your home unless you really have to, like for work, groceries, essential physical exercise…

        I don’t think cruising in your car due to boredom is considered essential.

        One of the concerns they’ve communicated regarfing people going on drives is the temptation or need to suddenly stop somewhere and coming into contact with others.  The less people are out and about in general, will logically help slow the spread.

        Also, being in your car might not be without some risk of transmission. When two cars are pulled up next to each other and the windows are down, that’s not a lot of distance and there is some sharing of air that happens there. If someone in either car just coughed or sneezed and those droplets drift into the other car, there could be some risk there. Researchers are still working to determine exactly how this is transmitted and how long it stays in the air, how far it travels in the air, etc.

        A message for runners and cyclists…At this point I don’t think they’ve specifically advised people not to do this anymore, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this is coming…

        My suggestion would be to modify behavior so they don’t have to restrict this activity too. I understand exercise is essential and some people have needs for a higher level of physical activity. Going solo, staying out of closed parks, keeping good distance/crossing the street from others, and perhaps doing your activity at off hours, like at night or super early, and just being really safe and smart and respectful of others might help.

        • Go gull April 9, 2020 (9:37 pm)


          • Bunnyfer April 10, 2020 (1:01 am)

            Seriously? You’re worried about transmission from two cars at a stop light with their windows down? Do you know how far apart cars/seats/lanes actually are? If my face gets within 6 feet of another automobile passenger or driver while driving, I think I have more immediate concerns than coronavirus. 

          • Go gull April 10, 2020 (7:20 am)

            Um yeah, have you driven recently? When two cars are side by side stopped at a light with their windows down, you can full on smell everything from their car, the air from their car wafts right in.  I think it’s closer than you think.

            6’ isn’t a magic distance that for certain keeps you safe from transmission. It’s just a general recommendation to help reduce risk.

            I didn’t say it was high risk, just pointed out there may be some risk.

    • LK April 11, 2020 (8:59 am)

      The difference between taking a solo drive and the groups of people in their hot rods that come down to Alki are that they drive around, then park on the street, get out of their cars and carry on conversations without social distancing. So, it’s not the same. 

  • Julia April 9, 2020 (5:29 pm)

    I still don’t understand what’s harmful about going for a little drive inside a closed car (as one person mentioned in the comments). It’s like going to the store or for takeout food, but with no human contact at all. Not everyone is capable of walking much nor do we all have yards. It’s nice to see something besides our own four walls. 

    • Vic April 9, 2020 (6:29 pm)

      My thought is it creates the potential for car accidents, needing to stop to use the restroom somewhere, getting gas (gas pumps are touched by so many people, not all whom can be trusted to sanitize their hands)…the more we move, the more potential contact for spreading COVID-19. The less we move about (except essential trips like getting food/meds/etc.) the better we can stop the virus’ means of transmission which has been said to be primarily human-to-human. I’m not saying stop going for your short drives, as is your right (at this time anyway), but just to be aware of these concerns. Take care, neighbor.

      • just wondering April 10, 2020 (8:53 am)

        We were going to go for a drive today but your point about a car accident had us change our mind.  Don’t want to waste first responder’s time if something happened on the road.  I’m not a gardener but I have more than enough weeds to pull to keep me busy and get me outside!

    • Steven Lorenza April 9, 2020 (8:05 pm)

      The idea is if you are in a car crash you unnecessarily burden emergency and hospital services.

      • JonnyQuest April 10, 2020 (8:53 am)

         If getting in an accident and burdening the health care system is the rationale behind not driving, then we’d better ban bike riding as well. 

        • WSB April 10, 2020 (8:59 am)

          No; almost every time a bike rider is hurt, it’s because they were hit BY a driver.

          • JonnyQuest April 10, 2020 (9:12 am)

            While I don’t have the stats at my fingertips, that seems a bold claim.  Certainly most bike accidents that make the news involve a vehicle.  But many non-news worthy bike accidents happen every day (broken collar bone, etc.).  Either way, not sure how connecting bike accidents to vehicles would debunk my comment.  Cars (which are still out there) or no cars, bike riding will result in some medical assistance.  I’m not suggesting we ban bike riding.  I’m just saying that using the “burdening hospital” logic also applies to biking.   

  • CMK April 9, 2020 (5:39 pm)

    As a Beach Drive resident I am happy to hear that they are closing Alki, and I hope it works. We are dismayed at seeing the car clubs and motorcycle clubs gathering as usual along the street (especially  in front of Constellation Park, shoulder to shoulder,  partying with their red solo cups with weed smoke wafting about them) as if it’s the height of summer, instead of a pandemic. We like to go out for walks but find it hard to avoid the clusters of people partying along our neighborhood sidewalks…not to mention the added noise those modified cars and bikes bring with them, and the racing along the streets. I sincerely hope the police enforce the new rules. 

    • John April 9, 2020 (9:07 pm)

      I took a drive the other day and flipped around on Beach drive and I couldn’t believe how many people are out and about like you said. Some of them were sitting on picnic blankets right next to the sidewalk with joggers and bicyclists going by. allowed cars and racing is getting pretty ridiculous. The last several nights up near the Fauntleroy ferry I’ve heard someone tearing around at about 1am. I also encountered a motorcycle who in addition to passing me in the intersection of California and Fauntleroy took off at at least 50 to 60 miles an hour going past gatewood by the time I was going past Lincoln Park he was already coming back the other way going at least 90. I was tempted to run him off the road

      • Mic April 10, 2020 (12:09 am)

        Running a motorcyclist off the road at high speed… that’s an attempt on his life. And for speeding? Wow.

  • ACE April 9, 2020 (5:42 pm)

    Anyone know if a quick kayak drop-in at one of the parks near La Rustica is allowed? I am craving some solitude on the water. 

    • WSB April 9, 2020 (5:50 pm)

      That park is not closed.

    • Onion April 9, 2020 (7:45 pm)

      this isn’t house arrest. There are still lots of opportunities to enjoy fresh air, beauty and exercise safely in our neighborhoods. I wouldn’t go close to the beach walk or Lincoln Park on a weekend like this except perhaps super early. I am concerned that the streets and sidewalks I enjoy in relative solitariness will be more crowded because of this. More zigging and zagging.

      • John April 9, 2020 (9:04 pm)

        That will most likely be the case unfortunately. Even in my neighborhood app from Endolyne Joe’s on 44th I’ve seen a lot of strangers walking around who don’t live around here. Several weeks ago I saw a couple walking and waved and asked where they were from because I know most people in my neighborhood. They had driven over here from Kirkland! I also worry about the smaller parts like Fauntleroy Park becoming flooded with people and those have already been on the busier side lately. 

    • Matt April 9, 2020 (8:17 pm)

      The concern that I have is people will instead crowd small beaches like Constellation Park (which already has too much loitering every day when I run or bike by it), Cormorant cove, Mee Kwa Mooks. I hope not but it seems a lot of people don’t get it and just want to hang out with buddies at all cost

      • herongrrrl April 10, 2020 (6:50 pm)

        Parks and Rec have been notified that closures at Alki Beach and Lincoln Park will no doubt increase crowds along Beach Drive parks. I am told they will have park staff out to discourage congregating. We’ll see.

  • Kristina April 9, 2020 (6:06 pm)

    While this is just another heartbreak for me (my walks in Lincoln Park are a form of solace and healing in this troubled time), it makes perfect sense to me. The last couple of times I went to Lincoln Park (I can walk there from my house) I came in from the Lowman Beach side, and saw so many people on the main trails that I turned around and hightailed it out of there. People aren’t taking social distancing seriously, most do not have masks on, and despite my desire and ability to run S curves to avoid folks and create distance, people weren’t paying attention and it was impossible. I want coronavirus to go away, and I want social distancing to end. The way to make that happen is to adhere to social distancing as rigorously as we can, and then maybe we will have a shot of this ending before 2021. Closing the parks on a sunny weekend at the beginning of spring break (sigh) is one way to accomplish that goal, so I’m in favor.

    • John April 9, 2020 (9:02 pm)

      I have to agree to a certain extent but the mayor is only doing it for the weekend. and I’m worried that people will just Google search other parts and flood into the smaller ones. For example Fauntleroy Park which is normally one of the quieter ones has been really busy the last couple days and I’m sure it will be even busier the next few days

      • Go gull April 9, 2020 (10:06 pm)

        We don’t know for sure it’s only for this weekend. That is just the current plan.

        They might be taking measured action, just starting with a 2 day closure, or planning to close the parks every weekend for a period of time.

  • L. Shaw April 9, 2020 (6:16 pm)

    Somebody at Parks please provide an answer to the question people have been asking….Will the bike path be closed forcing all bicyclists to use the street….that’s a safe solution….been hit by cars twice when bicycling in street…never on a bike path.  Exactly what does the closure mean…???  Again like the bridge a total lack of communication.  Just ” It’s Closed”…..President Truman said “The buck stops here”  Our mayor does not believe that….The mayor is responsible for ensuring good and prompt communication between Department heads and City Council…and the mayor.  If that communication fails the mayor is responsible…as Truman said.  The mayor should immediately resign as the communication has be horrible…

  • Kersti Muul April 9, 2020 (6:35 pm)

    One bad apple spoils the cart.Unfortunately I’ve seen barrels of bad apples, as I have to drive locally every day.Pretending you don’t know what it means when something is closed and/or trying to stretch the limits on what is advisable, or going against orders, or suddenly expressing your God given right to recreate is what keeps this evolving shelter in place.This is not a shelter in place ‘according to me’ it’s for the health and lives of all of us. The continued gatherings, the rude joggers, the spitters, the bikers and walkers and children who wander aimlessly in the road… teenagers in groups, Airpods and jogging strollers are a deadly combination at intersections with people having false sense of security. I live above Lowman and it’s like a summer party here every day. I wish this park would close too. Viruses move in ALL directions. The best place for you to be is at home.

  • Greystreet April 9, 2020 (6:41 pm)

    OMG my partner just got back from a neighborhood run (wearing an approved mask). He said the park behind OLOG was full of people playing games, tennis, soccer, etc. Why is this so hard to understand?

    • Linh April 9, 2020 (10:45 pm)

      I’ve had the same observation, it’s so frustrating to see people not following the social distancing rules!

  • Dan C April 9, 2020 (6:57 pm)

    Walking along Alki last few days we saw many ignoring social distancing, even shaking hands, sharing drinks.  As an aside: Enforcing the ban on noisy cars and bikes would be most welcomed.  Elected officials might think more about this before their next election.

  • M April 9, 2020 (7:22 pm)

    I biked through Discovery park today and they do have the parking lots closed.  The one thing I noticed near one of the closed lots. People were parking their cars on the street and actually parking on the driving lane!  Probably 20 cars. As I biked through the park, there is so much open space and I saw people very spread out. Probably saw about 25 people in the open field. Then I biked along Alki and saw some people playing a modified version of volleyball with the yellow do not cross tape! Then As I continue to bike, saw the normal motorcycles parked, probably 10 of them.  The police didn’t do anything on either of those issues as a police car was parked nearby.  As I rode past the lighthouse, saw several cars of people starting to congregate. Fyi….I was cycling in the street to stay away from walkers and other cyclists. 

    • Vic April 9, 2020 (9:23 pm)

      Modified volleyball…are they all not still coming into contact with the same ball?

  • Wsprayers April 9, 2020 (8:46 pm)

    We are almost thro this ….please please pleeeaaaassse I so know the weather has been such a temptation ugh but if we dont stay in social distance isolated right now over the next 1-2 weeks we will be hit super hard with round two of stupid virus …I’ve had enough please stay home stay healthy please we are all in this whether we like it or not it’s not just about you

  • aa April 9, 2020 (8:48 pm)

    When I read the posts that are so upset, “why aren’t they doing this or that?” or “they should have known!” I just don’t understand the constant ranting about people not doing it the way people think they should.Did it ever occur to the disappointed folks that our local officials are dealing with something on a scale so great that maybe, just maybe they are working very hard to help us stay alive?  You want them to answer about where you can ride your bike?! Let’s see…massive unemployment, businesses shut down, a lethal virus, massive loss of revenue, overworked police, fire, medical professionals, bus schedules, light rail, repairing a bridge…and they realize we are heading into a few warm sunny days and make a decision to again, try to help us stay alive. So maybe, just maybe the cyclists can also follow the stay home rule and Stay Home rather than complain that the mayor hasn’t told them where they can ride.  

    • Tsurly April 9, 2020 (9:34 pm)

      “People can still participate in activities such as bike rides, gardening, and dog walking — as long as they follow social distancing rules.”That is verbatim from Gov. Inslee. Regular exercise is a proven means of keeping oneself healthy and strong. From my perspective, as someone who gets a at least two hours of outdoor exercise each day, a vast majority of people are doing a great job adhering to the social distancing rules while exercising. I will continue to run and ride my bike on a daily basis, because it’s far better for my mental and physical health than being a sedentary lump on the couch. I could care less about trails being closed, I will run and ride my bike in the street if need be, traffic is dead always.

    • Go gull April 9, 2020 (10:16 pm)

      Well said, thank you.

      Except… cyclists can certainly travel by bike for their essential needs, just like motorists can.  

      If you see cyclists out and about, they may be headed somewhere essential, or exercising responsibly and keeping distance from others. Everyone should be limiting their normal activities out of the house right now, but that doesn’t mean people can’t ride their bike at all, or drive their car at all, etc.

      If you have to be out, please be safe and responsible about it. Stay well!

  • Sockeye April 9, 2020 (8:48 pm)

    Looks like the city is so desperate for tax revenue they are creating reasons to ticket people. To tighten the clampdown, as numbers improve, is appalling. Government overreaction and over-reach needs to be countered.

    Looking forward to seeing you at Alki this weekend, exercising in a responsible manner, trying to keep my sanity while contemplating the insanity of the WS Bridge closure, and openly participating in civil disobedience. To all the WS do-gooders, stay in your homes and leave me alone.

    “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore.”

    • Juju April 9, 2020 (9:21 pm)

      Let’s see here….For every 100,000 tickets the city writes at $250 a pop, the city stands to collect $25,000,000.



      Annual City Budget — $6,000,000,000

      Ticket Revenue ————-$25.000,000

      Yup, that is clearly the city’s plan.

    • wscommuter April 9, 2020 (9:50 pm)

      You should put your tin foil hat on a little less tightly.  Suggesting that the city is doing this to raise revenue though tickets is really moronic.  I understand  it fits nicely in your narrative about justifying your own selfishness, but spare us your stupidity.  

    • Jon Wright April 10, 2020 (11:23 am)

      Way to stick it to The Man!

    • Banzai1 April 12, 2020 (9:46 pm)

      Cool Sockeye! Keep up that “openly participating in civil disobedience”! Easiest way to let Covid-19 weed out the ignorant. Thanks for your support!

  • TJ April 9, 2020 (9:08 pm)

    I agree Sockeye. I have adhered to this shelter in place so far, but it is hard when the sun is out. I have a house and big yard, but I can say that I know I would have been out in the sun back in my 20’s,in the small apartments I had. This will start to look like a military blockade now. My question is what happens May 4th when this is all over? We all know Inslee and Durkan will say to still practice “social distancing” if you can, but the beaches and parks will be packed and still complaining then will fall on deaf ears

  • Jack April 9, 2020 (9:08 pm)

    “We have met the enemy and he is us.”               

    • MF April 10, 2020 (9:56 am)

      Right on Jack!

  • Anna April 9, 2020 (10:11 pm)

    If we hold tight and continue to flatten the curve, is this really all going to be over by the end of the month? Is that really possible? It seems like the virus will still be here and will still have the ability to spread. Even if the case numbers are low, if asymptomatic spread happens as much as is thought, then I don’t really see what’s going to change in a few weeks. It just seems like people keep saying “hold tight and this will all be over.” I don’t think it’s going to be over for a very long time, perhaps longer than we can hold tight for (like, years.)

    • Go gull April 9, 2020 (11:28 pm)

      I haven’t heard anyone say this is ‘all going to be over by the end of the month.’

      The current stay at home order and effort to flatten the curve is just the necessary first stage of trying to manage the pandemic.

      There is no way at this time to know all the specifics of how this will unfold, what will happen next, or how long it will take to completely recover from this.

      This is a fluid situation, and leaders are doing their best to manage it and to advise us how we can do our part. Once the stay at home order is lifted, there will certainly still be some restrictions/precautions and systems implemented to help manage it going forward.

      Google search ‘contact tracing’ and ‘smart quarantining’ to see some of the strategies being discussed.

      You’ll have to wait with the rest of us to see how this unfolds, next month, and beyond.

      If people do their part and and work together, we will have a better outcome.

      • sam-c April 10, 2020 (9:48 am)

        How can they even do contact tracing if the testing is so limited ? I am sure there are plenty of positives that  weren’t/aren’t counted, simply because they had minimal symptoms nor were they in high-risk groups.  Their contacts aren’t getting contact traced….. This country botched this from the beginning.  If they had been proactive and tested more back in the beginning, who knows how long we would have had to do this social distancing, ‘stay home / stay healthy’ measures ??

    • CAM April 10, 2020 (12:14 am)

      The only way out of this is through it. Meaning we are going to have to wait it out and be responsible adults (and make ourselves responsible for those who do not have the wherewithal to be adults, including children) until a vaccine is available or herd immunity is established. If you let everyone get sick too close together you will overwhelm the hospitals and more people will die but everyone else will develop immunity more quickly and the physical distancing can end sooner. The problem is the number of people that would die and no reasonable person has been able to make a satisfactory argument for why those people’s lives don’t count. The other option is to wait the 1+ year necessary practicing physical distancing, that is hopefully somewhat less extreme for those of you that are not being put in high risk situations, and more of us come out of this on the other end. That will suck a lot more for the people who are being exposed on a regular basis and have to continue the extreme physical distancing than it will for those who can get some semblance of their former life back. Long story short, we all need to take a deep breath and take better care of each other. And that includes not putting other people at risk unnecessarily when there are less risky options, that are admittedly not as nice. Because the less risky decisions my neighbors make the sooner I can see my family and do the things I enjoy doing. 

  • Mj April 9, 2020 (10:14 pm)

    Sockeye – I too will be exercising via bike riding at Alki and Lincoln Parks via my WS bike loop.  Is the City going to cite people for exercising now?  Enough already, the City closed off the parking, are they now going to fence off the parks?  

  • JustSayin' April 9, 2020 (10:34 pm)

    Some sagely words to offer:

    The Ones That Don’t “Get It” Will Get “It” And When They Do, They’ll “Get It”.

  • PROOFREAD April 9, 2020 (11:25 pm)

    will close on Friday, April 10th at 11pm and will reopen Monday, April 12 at 4:30 am.Monday is the 13th, not the 12th. They repeated this error twice, in a city-wide press release! And 91 comments in, no one else seems to have noticed. Weird. I’m sure Tracy noticed but has more tact than I.

    • JonnyQuest April 10, 2020 (9:02 am)

       At least we can still party Friday until 11pm.  ;-)

    • Seriously? April 10, 2020 (10:29 am)

      FProofreading also means making sure your punctuation is correct. If you are going to point out proofreading mistakes, perhaps you should proofread your criticism prior to posting it. 

  • Brian Feusagach April 10, 2020 (4:53 am)

    As Samuel L Jackson so eloquently puts it: “STAY THE F*** AT HOME!”.

  • Alec Anthony April 10, 2020 (5:58 am)

    Getting out for some exercise has been determined helpful in fighting this pandemic and while practicing social distancing is new , it’s not impossible  instead of educating or punishing the violators we punish everyone. Instead of continuing to take away let’s go back to the long forgotten practice of community policing. Our law enforcement officers can educate people in the parks, “Hey folks, it’s important to spread out because…”  Don’t close the park.I love to fish, but I can’t, our Governor closed it. I rarely see anyone out there, so it would be easy to maintain safe spacing, but the minute I try and sneak a trip in a game officer would materialize out of the forest and write me a ticket. How about boating, again another outdoor activity that can be done safely, but because a few people ignored distancing, we close it for everyone.What really makes me laugh is everytime I drive by a Costco and see the line wrapped around the building yet I can’t camp at a state park, can’t launch my boat on the Columbia,  nor fish the Yakima. It’s about time our leaders take another look at these policies, apply some common sense and punish those who blatantly, not everyone. 

  • David April 10, 2020 (6:20 am)

    This is just a power grab…. the type of control you’re seeing now will never end.  From the comments, everyone appears to be ok with giving up their rights and freedoms and put it in the hands of a few.

  • Jean April 10, 2020 (6:24 am)

    This is just more fear-mongering. But you’re a good sheeple. You did good. You follow their orders and buy into their scare tactics. It’s how they control you. They keep putting out their worst-case scenario articles to instill that fear. And they pat you on the back like the good dog you are. “Good, good sheeple. Keep being afraid and follow our orders.” Don’t you feel how condescending it’s getting? It’s control. About controlling us and crushing the economy through fear. I’m sick of this. 

    • neighbor April 10, 2020 (9:13 am)

      Um, wow. What fascinates me about this is that you sound far more controlled by fear than those of us who are, as you put it, “following their orders.”  I can’t speak for anyone else, but I’m continuing to stay at home as much as possible not out of fear, but out of hope. I hope that if we all work together and stay focused on the common good that we can get through this together. I hope that we will work together to fund- and improve- safety nets for those in need, and that we will continue to work together to rebuild the economy after we’re through. I hope that eventually we will all look back on this time and marvel at our ability to overcome differences and do the right thing when it really matters.  So while I’m very much concerned for my loved ones’ survival, my actions aren’t fear-based at all. 

    • wscommuter April 10, 2020 (10:01 am)

      Double wow.  @Neighbor nailed it … this isn’t at all about being fearful.  It is about a collective willingness to sacrifice for the common good.  Your tin-foil paranoia about “they” and “them” trying to control you reveals much about your own fears.  Put down the Ayn Rand and pull your head out of your ass.  “Crushing the economy through fear” … seriously?  Please do enlighten us with your thoughts here.  Precisely why is that “their” plan?  Do explain how it all works for the rest of us sheeple please?  I’m all ears.   

    • KM April 10, 2020 (10:29 am)

      Jean, I always appreciate a good gaslighting attempt by people afraid of the government. So thank you for the laugh. But no, I don’t feel whatever it is you insist I should feel.

    • Banzai1 April 12, 2020 (10:03 pm)

      Yeah Jean! This whole Covid-19 must be a made-up thing in order to keep us “Sheeple” docile! You should head down to your local ER (sans mask,gloves or PPE) and take a buncha deep breaths to show everybody that virus is a fake!

  • CA April 10, 2020 (6:48 am)

    How about everyone stop ordering take out, going to liquor stores, picking up wine, and supporting other non-essential “essential” businesses where COVID is unquestionably spread amongst employees who cannot social distance? I frequently run through parks in West Seattle and haven’t seen issues with social distancing. That said, I did go to Dicks on one of my long runs, and there’s no way they could social distance there. Before some start virtue signaling on all their good deeds by not going out and ordering unnecessary food and others things prepared and delivered by vulnerable less fortunate people, stop and think about how COVID spreads. We can beat this thing, but it will take more than closing parks and trails. 

  • flimflam April 10, 2020 (7:06 am)

    it’s been a few weeks, folks. yes, it’s weird, uncomfortable and a bit frightening. yes, the sun is coming out and we crave fresh air and some open space, something other than our home but its only been a few weeks – is it really that much of an imposition to think of the greater good rather than “but i wanna go to the beach!”?

    • LB April 10, 2020 (10:53 am)

      Well said.  The immaturity and selfishness shown by so many in these comments is disheartening.  Luckily that is not the majority of most Americans. 

  • West Seattle Lurker April 10, 2020 (9:17 am)

    Whose looking forward to Alki this summer with no bridge available for people to mob there? I live in North Admiral and it’s been a ghost town since they closed the West Seattle Bridge. I think that will have more of an impact than anything else. 

    • John April 10, 2020 (2:16 pm)

      I miss when things used to be quiet or in West Seattle in the summer and people didn’t come from all over the place to go to Alki. drives me crazy all the people that come over here from Bellevue Kirkland etc

  • PatWS April 10, 2020 (9:19 am)

    We’re talking about two days, folks, not a lifetime. Surely you can find another way to exercise for that short period.

  • Seriously? April 10, 2020 (10:17 am)

    From the American Heritage Dictionary:Stay: To remain, or continue in a given place or situation.At: In the location of.Home: A place where one lives; resides; habitation. 2: The physical structure or portion thereof within which one lives Order: A condition of methodical or prescribed arrangements among component parts, such that the proper functioning, or appearance is achieved.For those who seem to not understand what a stay at home order means. 

    • LB April 10, 2020 (4:15 pm)

      Like it! And yes too bad it has to be spelled out.

  • mrsB April 10, 2020 (1:32 pm)

    Anyone who thinks this pandemic is going to be over anytime soon has no idea about the situation.  This is going to be with us for months if not years and until there’s a successful vaccine, you’d better get used to living your lives in a very different way than pre-pandemic, that’s if you want to have a life at all. 

  • Tracey April 10, 2020 (2:46 pm)

    Well, one thing is for sure.  Seattle is going to get a little scruffier than they’ve been in awhile.  No haircuts, no exercise.   A step back in time to 90s grunge – comfortable, a little dirty or unkept (except our hands) and how about some flannel!

  • Mj April 10, 2020 (3:27 pm)

    mrsB – most people are not severely affected by the virus and once a person has had it they have developed immunities.  Thus in time the virus will run its course, people will develop immunities and hopefully a vaccine will be developed.  People need to work to put food on the table, roof over their heads at al.  I hope the economy can rebound, I’m concerned about a deep recession that is a very bad outcome that I believe will be more damaging in the long run than smartly allowing people to go back to work starting with construction workers immediately.

  • NT April 11, 2020 (7:58 am)

    As a daughter of two “vulnerable” parents I’m disappointed at the people that crowd together at Lowman Beach every afternoon. One group even sitting around a fire on Wednesday night. The street is clogged with cars so its obvious these are not neighborhood folks. Every person that acts like they are “entitled” to do as they please is giving the finger to those on the front lines and to the people that have lost loved ones. It’s two days, suck it up.

  • Amanda April 11, 2020 (9:35 am)

    Does anyone have advice on the appropriateness of dog walking? I have a year old doodle puppy and he needs at least an hour of vigorous exercise per day to not be hyper or destructive. I live in a house but my backyard is literally 10’ x 20’. I go to the dog park pretty regularly but want to be respectful of the stay at home order. Is walking him/going to the dog park essential? 

    • Go gull April 11, 2020 (11:41 am)

      It’s my understanding that essential activities/exercise for the health of people and pets is allowed under the order, as long as social distancing requirements can be kept.  

      I think we’re being asked to find a balance between staying home as much as possible while meeting our basic/essential needs.

      Dog walks/jogs while maintaining distance from others would seem permitted, however dog parks where people congregate and dogs and people interact with one another might not be okay right now?

      Maybe trying to walk the doodle pup at quieter times when a lot of others aren’t also out walking would be smart?

      If you have a neighbor or friend with larger enclosed yard, maybe you could reach out to see if you could bring your dog over for some run time, while keeping social distance from them? Just an idea, good luck!

      Also, please post a picture of your puppy! I miss being out on regular bike rides and seeing all the doggos. 

      Maybe that could be a new thing here WSB, sharing pictures and how pets are doing?

      • Amanda April 11, 2020 (4:20 pm)

        Thank you for your response. Here is my handsome boy out at the coast this past winter and a picture of him pouting during quarantine. He misses daycare and his puppy friends but I’m trying to give him lots of love. I’d love to see dog updates too! Hope everyone stays safe and sane.

        • Go gull April 11, 2020 (7:33 pm)

          Aw he’s adorable!  And cool fur coloring.  Thanks for sharing! :)

          I think we’re all feeling a bit like that second photo right now… hang in there buddy, hope you can get back to the dog park and day care soon.

          This may not be an option for your household right now, but I’ve heard that pet shelter adoptions are surging right now.  Maybe he’d like a furry friend stuck at home with him? ;)

          Stay well

  • Chris April 11, 2020 (3:35 pm)

    I see a lot of people out happily doing their activity / exercise of choice most all within the bounds of the orders as have been stated complaining about others doing the same. 

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