Parks Reopening Guidelines

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Safety First Guidelines

Pierce County parks are open for public use with protocols and guidelines to keep the public safe. The majority of parks outdoor spaces will be open from dawn to dusk, daily, unless otherwise posted.   

Additional protocols have been created to promote respectful use and manage site capacity including limiting travel, shortened stays, and social distancing measures. With current phasing within the Governor’s Safe Start reopening program, Pierce County Parks now permits small group fitness, sport and outdoor recreational opportunities. Authorized activities must adhere to limitations in the Governor’s guidance and require the submission of a “return to play” health and safety plan.

Some park amenities have reopened for permitted use including Spire Rock and select sports complexes may accommodate youth practices in preparation for game and tournament play. Teams must register for use and follow Sporting Activities Guidance.

Permits will only be authorized for activities with safety plans and restrictions that follow the current Governor's guidance.  Picnic shelters and some athletic complexes’ fields remain closed at this time.

Guidelines for Staying Safe While Enjoying the Outdoors

Limit Travel

  • Recreate within your home county and home community. 
  • Use the park closest to your home. If you can walk there, please do so.
  • Understand that some people don’t have the ability to walk to their local park and must drive, so leave parking stalls for them. 
Limit Stays
  • If you drive to a park/trailhead and parking is not available, then the site is at capacity. Do not park in unauthorized areas or in neighborhoods. Come back later.  
  • Keep your visit to two hours or less and go no more than twice a week to make sure there is room for everyone. 
  • Try to avoid peak hours of the day and instead consider going when it’s not as sunny. 
  • Public restrooms in the parks may not be open or well stocked at all locations.
Limit Contact
  • Stay home if you are sick or at high risk. 
  • Stay six feet away from anyone who doesn’t live with you. 
  • Avoid contact with items that don’t belong to you. 
  • Wear a mask if you are going to be around others. 
  • Bring supplies with you to wash and sanitize regularly.
When in the Park
  • Stay out of picnic shelters. 
  • Only use sport courts with your own family and your own play equipment; fields at athletic complexes will remain closed. 
  • Only one family or household group per picnic table. Please bring a table covering to use and take it with you when you leave. 
  • Stay in your family or household group and if you are using lawn space, make sure to remain distanced from others who are doing the same.
While at the Playground

  • Stay with household/friend groups on play structures
  • Limit use when others are waiting.
  • Avoid congregating at playgrounds.
  • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer after using.
When on a Trail

  • Follow one-way directional arrows and looping (where indicated). 
  • If two-way use occurs, provide proper distancing upon passage. Do not pass if a distance of six feet cannot be maintained.
What is Reopened?

  • The Harold E LeMay Skatepark at Sprinker Recreation Center is open with specific hours of operation.
  • Gonyea Playfield although bathrooms remain closed at this time.
  • Playgrounds reopen with posted guidelines 
  • Additional park restrooms are open, however continuous access is not guaranteed. Portable units may still be used at some locations.
  • Soccer fields at our sports complexes are open for small group practices only with advanced reservations.  Please contact Jared for more information.

Restroom Access

FacilityRestroom Access beginning June 5
Chambers Creek Regional ParkSingle restroom at North Meadow; Multi-stall restroom at Central Meadow
Foothills TrailSingle restroom at the East Puyallup and McMillin trailheads

Single standard portable restroom at the Crocker turnout and South Prairie trailhead

North Lake Tapps ParkMulti-stall restroom at the West and Central Peninsulas (map)
Spanaway ParkParking Lot A – 1 ADA portable restroom

Parking Lot B – 1 Standard portable restroom

Parking Lot C – 1 ADA portable restroom and 1 Standard portable restroom

Parking Lot D – 1 Standard portable restroom

Parking Lot E – 1 ADA portable restroom

Riverside ParkSingle standard portable restroom at park entrance
FacilityRestroom Access beginning June 8
Ashford Park
Multi-stall restroom at the lower section of the park near the playground
Frontier Park
Single restroom at the south end of the park near the playground
Meridian Habitat Park
Multi-stall restroom at the west end of the parking lot
South Hill Community ParkSingle restroom at south end of the park near the playground


Public gatherings, events, team sports, and other activities, are not permitted at this time. Pierce County Parks will continue to follow safety protocols and restrictions in accordance with Gov. Inslee’s Safe Start Proclamation and continue to be responsive to ongoing updates.

Currently Closed Facilities:

  • The ESB (Environmental Services Building, restrooms closed)
  • Lakewood Community Center 
  • Heritage Recreation Center baseball and softball fields remain closed at this time.
  • All buildings at Frontier Park and Meridian Habitat Park are closed.
  • Picnic shelters are closed.