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Parks Department provides new update on closures, availability of amenities

The comprehensive update was published last week.

The Mercer Island Parks Department is now more frequently and thoroughly updating its website to reflect changes to parks amenity statuses in the city, according to a recent city release.

As of the most recent Parks update, which was published on its website July 2, city parks and trails are remaining open for walking and non-active recreation. Patrons must either keep six feet away from other users or wear a mask.

The Mercer Island Community and Event Center will remain closed through Aug. 31, as will any amenities and programs, such as facility rentals or classes/summer camp activities, that rely on the center.

“The city is not currently accepting program registrations or facility rental applications for future reservations until further notice,” the Parks website states.

All Parks events through Aug. 31, such as Forest Stewardship, Mostly Music in the Park and Shakespeare in the Park, are canceled.

Although the city recently announced in a release that boards and commission meetings on Mercer Island would resume starting July 8, the Parks & Recreation Commission, Arts Council and the Open Space Conservancy Trust will not be meeting through July 31.

Athletic fields on Mercer Island are still open for passive use; rentals can only be used for practices.

Per Phase 2, individual groups using athletic fields have to remain in a group of five people or less.

Playgrounds and restrooms (specifically at the Groveland and Clarke sites as well as Luther Beaches and Deane’s Children’s Park) will remain closed; drinking fountains will continue to be shut off.

Skate parks, tennis and basketball courts, boat launches, beaches (sans lifeguards), dog parks and P-Patch are open and able to be used by the public.

Between 7-10 a.m. Monday-Friday, seniors/at-risk individuals have their own designated time to use Mercerdale Park.

Private outdoor event rentals are unable to be used on Mercer Island until Aug. 31 at the earliest. Picnic areas, however, are still available, though at a “first come, first served” basis.

Organized activities that adhere to state health guidelines will still require its host to obtain a park permit.

The Parks website states that because of limited staffing, maintenance workers “continue to prioritize safety, essential sanitization and restroom cleaning.” The site adds that any additional maintenance or special requests can be done when capacity permits it.

For more information, go to the Parks website.

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