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Kirkland News Room

City of Kirkland Implements Changes in Parks in Response to COVID-19

Media Contact:
Kellie Stickney
Communications Program Manager
kstickney@kirklandwa.gov
(425) 979-6562

Lee Johnson Field will open for evening activities, waterfront parks, docks and piers will close daily at 9 p.m.

KIRKLAND, Wash. – Starting on Monday, July 27, the City of Kirkland will be opening Lee Johnson Field for evening activities and closing waterfront parks, docks and piers at 9 p.m.

In response to community concerns about COVID-19, the City will close all docks and piers, with the exception of Marina Park moorage piers, daily at 9 p.m. The moorage piers will be accessible for boat access only.

To allow space for young people to safely engage in evening socializing, Lee Johnson Field at Peter Kirk Park will be opened from 6 to 11 p.m. daily for games and activities. The field lights will be turned on at dusk and will turn off at 11 p.m. Games will not be provided, but community members are encouraged to bring yard games like cornhole, bocce ball, ladder golf, spike ball, or giant Jenga to play. Placing stakes into the field will not be allowed. All community members are welcome, however, the current Washington State guidelines must be followed:

o Group size is limited to 5 people or less
o Social distance of 6 feet is required if not from the same household
o Face coverings must be worn at all times

“It is our hope that this beautiful green open space normally reserved for sports will now provide a healthy and safe alternative to the large group gatherings that we are seeing at the beaches,” said Councilmember Jon Pascal.

More information on how our Kirkland Parks and Community Services Department is responding to COVID-19 is available at www.kirklandwa.gov/playitsafe.

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