Coronavirus/COVID-19 Updates - 3/24/20
BIMPRD Coronavirus/COVID-19 Updates
3/24/2020 – VEHICLE ACCESS CLOSED TO PARKS
Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 20-25 highly encourages everyone to stay home, avoid gathering in groups, and adhere to proper social distancing guidelines.
Beginning March 24, the Park District will be closing vehicle access to all parks for the length of the proclamation. Additionally, all bathrooms, playgrounds, camping areas, dog parks, disc golf, tennis and pickleball courts, water drinking stations, and sports fields will be closed during this period for the safety of our users and staff. ALL PARKS WILL STILL BE ACCESSIBLE VIA WALKING OR BIKING.
3/20/2020 – The Park District extends the closure of all activities, facilities, and sports fields until April 27.
With the continued health crisis in our area, it is in the best interest of the agency and our community to remain closed. The recommendations from the State Governor’s office, Kitsap Public Health District, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suggest using the closure for proper social distancing and to give our staff and community time to remain healthy. The Park District is also doing its part to support all other public agencies and keep our workforce employed.
3/20/2020 – Summer Registration has been postponed until further notice.
GUIDELINES FOR VISITING PARKS DURING COVID-19 – 3/24/2020
Parks are closed to vehicles, but remain open for visitors to walk, cycle and enjoy nature. The Park District is taking these additional actions to support Gov. Jay Inslee’s recent orders to discourage groups from gathering, as well as to address the workload placed on the Park District. For the duration of the Governor’s proclamation, all bathrooms, playgrounds, camping areas, dog parks, disc golf, tennis and pickleball courts, water drinking stations, and sports fields will be closed.
The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has released a statement regarding Social Distancing in Public Parks and Trail, which supports the safe use of parks and open spaces.
It will be upon the community to take responsibility for the following:
- Refrain from using parks or trails if you are exhibiting symptoms of an illness.
- Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene before and during the use of parks or trails.
- Observe CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of 6 feet from other individuals at all times. If this is not possible, users should find an alternate location or depart that space.
- While on narrow trails, warn other users of your presence as you pass, and step aside to let others pass.
- Follow all local ordinances and guidelines for park and trail use.
- Trails maps can be found by park, or a complete trail map of all parks can be found here.
- For questions about parks or trails, contact email@example.com.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Program & Pass refunds:
- Refunds will be issued for all programs and events that have been canceled during this closure. All refunds will be issued as a credit to your household account. If you want a check mailed or a refund to your credit card, please contact the Park District.
- Facility and program passes will be auto-renewed or refunded once general operations resume.
- For questions about programs or passes, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Facility Rentals & Camping:
- All facility rentals and camping reservations have been canceled through April 27. All fees will be refunded or can be applied to a future reservation.
- At this time, no new rental reservations will be taken.
- For questions about rentals, please contact email@example.com.
Please continue to monitor the Park District website for future updates.