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Seattle playgrounds reopening

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Seattle playgrounds reopening after COVID closure

Here are the rules and some tips to have fun and be safe.

Here’s the news many Seattle families have been waiting for: Seattle playgrounds reopening Tuesday (Oct. 6).

Here’s what the Parks & Recreation department announced Monday: “All play areas in Seattle parks will reopen to the public on October 6.”

Here are the guidelines:

  • Play equipment is open to five or fewer kids at a time
  • Wash your child’s hands before and after play.
  • All children over the age of two must wear a mask (except for certain exceptions). No food or drink on the play equipment.
  • Give yourself and others at least 6 feet of space.
  • Stay home if you are sick or if anyone in your family is sick.

The city also emphasized that crews will not be regularly cleaning or sanitizing play areas.

More suggestions as you contemplate a return to playgrounds:

  • Stay for a short time to give everyone an opportunity to play
  • Visit parks during less busy times: mornings vs. afternoon; weekdays vs. weekends.
  • Visit less popular parks. Seattle has more than 150 play areas.
  • Popular parks likely to be busy: Green Lake, Seward, Magnuson, Discovery, Lincoln, Gas Works, Carkeek and Jefferson Park.

Have fun, and stay safe!


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Julie Hanson

Julie Hanson is a longtime journalist, South King County resident and mom to a 15-year-old girl.