Seattle Closes Parking Lots at Trails, Beaches, and Popular Recreation Areas



Seems to me traveling by private automobile should be encouraged at this time~ you're not going to get sneezed on or otherwise get exposed to someone with the virus.


@1: They're parking lots, not traveling lots.


@1 Potential problems come from things people may touch (handrails, etc.). And being in the wrong place at the wrong time and catching someone else's vapor.

I live on Alki, and it was nuts here last weekend. It's no surprise to me that Gov. Inslee is having to the the 'bad parent', and give everyone a big 'time out', given the short-sightedness, immaturity, and selfishness of so many of our neighbors.

A good rule of thumb is if you have to drive to get there, you probably shouldn't go there. You can walk around your neighborhood as easily as coming to mine. I'll make you a deal: you don't spread your germs in my neighborhood, I won't come to yours and spread mine.

This will end, and the beach will still be here. Can you deal with your FOMO for a few weeks for the greater good?


@3 I hate to break it to you, but people are still going to "spread germs" in the neighborhoods adjacent to parks. They are simply going to find street parking nearby, they won't stop going to the parks.


Fuck that @3, politically I'm way on the left end of the spectrum, but the government is not my parent and I don't expect it to act as such. All of these "some people have been naughty so we all get a time out and that's okay" make me want to throw up.

I think closing parking lots was probably a good move, and I applaud our city government for not doing what many other states are doing by flat out just shutting the parks. If they need to impinge our freedoms for public safety they should be doing it by nibbles, not swallowing things whole, and to her credit the mayor's office has done a pretty solid job of this so far.

Mayor Durkin thank you for taking measures that are keeping our parks open for responsibly use. These are stressful times and you're continued commitment to enabling citizens to responsibly use green spaces is commendable.



That's true, but people are also incredibly freaking lazy, particularly the weekend warrior type beach goers, and so there will no doubt be less people as a result of the closures. There's a big, beautiful dog park/beach down here outside of Portland, and I'm always amazed at how long people will sit inside of an idling car awaiting a spot in the lot, rather than just finding street parking nearby and walking 1/4-1/2 mile to the trailhead. Like 20-30 minutes or more regularly. It's pretty freaking depressing actually.


Can't wait until pedestrians wearing earbuds walking down the middle of Second Avenue get run over by essential workers on their still-required vehicle commute which they can't do on empty sidewalks.


Remember, bike in packs with 6 feet of separation between.

You rule the road now, act like it. Have one member with a sledgehammer just in case.


Streets are empty enough and you can't get around? The point of stopping this virus is staying away from other people and now you want them to mix in certain areas? This is what you get with your wish for more concentration camp living, more apts/condos. No yards or space of your own. The only open space you have is a common park with worn out grass and full of people when you privacy. This sounds like a cry of help.


Same kind of thing is happening in & around Spokane: people who would normally spend all their time indoors looking at a screen suddenly "need" to get outside. My hiker/ outdoorsy friends tell me all the trailhead parking lots at their favorite secluded hiking places are suddenly full to the brim and people are having to park out on the road. Meanwhile I can go for a walk in my neighborhood and see almost no one.