Recreate Responsibly


BEFORE YOU GO

Check What's Open

Kitsap County Parks continue to modify operations in response to State and Federal guidelines on public park use and to address projected budget reductions. 

* All exterior restrooms are being sanitized daily and are now open during normal park hours.
* Horseshoe Lake County Park will open Saturday, May 23, and will be open weekends and holidays through Labor Day, September 7.  
* Off-leash dog parks located at Howe Farm, Bandix, and Silverdale Gateway Park will open Saturday, May 30.

Visitors are advised to plan visits in advance as playgrounds, athletic fields, sports courts, and water fountains will remain closed. 

For those enjoying any one of the county systems 73 parks, people are asked to continue following safe social distancing guidelines and protocols to promote safe and respectful use of the parks.  Keep six feet between you and anyone who doesn't live with you. Bring gloves and facemasks to maintain safety and social distancing.  Leave at least one parking space between vehicles and boat trailers and only launch one boat at a time. 

 

Stay Close to Home

Recreate within your home county and community. This is not the time to travel long distances to recreate. Use the park closest to your home (if you can walk there, please do so). Understand that some people do not have the ability to walk to their local park, so please leave parking stalls for them.

Be Prepared

Public restroom facilities and drinking fountains will be closed at all Kitsap County Parks. Sani-cans will be available in most Kitsap County Parks.


Feeling Sick?

Save your visit to a Kitsap County Park for another day.


WHEN YOU GET THERE

Limit Stays

Try and limit your visit to two hours or less and avoid using the park during peak hours of the day. If your chosen park is crowded, go elsewhere or come back another time.


Practice Social Distancing

Keep six feet between you and anyone who doesn't live with you. Do not let pets interact with people or other animals outside of the household. Leave at least one parking space between vehicles and boat trailers and only launch one boat at a time.

Wear A Mask and Practice Good Hygiene

Keep your hands clean and avoid touching any high traffic surfaces (railings, handles, picnic tables, playgrounds). When you must be in close contact with others, wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth.


Leave No Trace

Always pack out what you pack in, including gloves and masks.



KEEPING YOUR PETS SAFE


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending the following for pet owners:

·  Treat pets as you would other human family members to protect them for a possible infection.

· Do not let pets interact with people or other animals outside the household.

· Walk dogs on a leash, maintaining at least 6 feet  from other people and animals.

· Avoid dog parks or public places where a large number of people and dogs gather.


 Thank you for your assistance in keeping Kitsap County Parks a safe place to recreate!


For more information on recreating responsibly, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions Website.

For more information on protecting your pets, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions website.


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