COVID-19 Impacts

Our focus remains on supporting the health and well-being of our customers, staff, partners, and the community. We are following the recommendations and orders of Governor Inslee, President Trump, and the Spokane Regional Health District, in alignment with the Board of County Commissioners, to help slow the spread of COVID-19.   

Current Impacts to Parks, Recreation and Golf 

[March 25, 2020 Update]

Golf: Weather dependent, all three County golf courses will be closed today, March 25th. Following today, all three courses will remain closed as required by the Governor’s order through April 8th.

Recreation Programs: Spring Recreation programs, including County basketball and volleyball, have been canceled, while softball will continue to accept registrations (not payments) for the Spring Fling Coed Softball Tournament (4/18 – 4/19) and Spring/Summer Softball League (begins 4/26). Subject to additional orders from the Governor, President or Spokane Regional Health District, we will begin re-assessing  these and other planned Recreation programs / leagues on March 31 to determine whether there will be a need to delay and reschedule start dates or other changes.

Campground: The Liberty Lake Campground is scheduled to open May 1st. This is subject to change and will be re-evaluated as additional orders from the Governor, President or Spokane Regional Health District are issued in response to COVID-19. 

Parks Administration Office (Located at 404 N. Havana St): Following today, office will remain closed to the public as required by the Governor’s order through April 6th. Please call (509) 477-4730 for assistance. Staff is telecommuting and remains available to continue work and respond to customer emails and phone calls.

Parks: All play equipment is closed on order of the Spokane Regional Health District. Parks remain "accessible" for use (with the exception of play equipment). Please remember that it’s still the off-season, so restrooms and other services aren’t planned to be available until May 1st. Please refrain from using park furniture such as benches that may be difficult to sanitize regularly. Where portable restrooms are available (e.g. Conservation Futures trailheads), the public is encouraged to bring their own toilet paper, hand sanitizer and wipes as an extra precaution.

Special Events, Shelter and Camp Caro Lodge Rentals: All events between now and – April 24 are postponed or cancelled. Staff will work with organizers to re-schedule those planned events at no cost to the organizer. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 orders and guidelines and assess whether further action is needed.

Trails: Trails are "accessible" (subject to "Closed When Muddy" trail use restrictions), but may have limited capacity at the trailheads due to heavy use. In addition, portable restrooms may not have toilet paper or hand sanitizer due to a rise in theft - visitors are encouraged to bring their own toilet paper, hand sanitizer and wipes. Other guidelines to follow:

  • Hike, bike or ride local. To do your part to slow the spread of COVID-19, please consider using parks or trails that are within walking distance of your house before getting into your vehicle and driving to a trailhead.

Should you make the decision to drive to one of our trailheads, please consider the following:

  • Know before you go. Please check out Spokane County’s Trailhead Webcams (click here) before you head out. Pick the trailhead that’s the least busy and enjoy!
  • Plan ahead. Create a back-up option before you head out by checking out our trail maps. That way, if you arrive at a trailhead that’s full, you have another option!
  • Don’t get creative. If a trailhead parking lot is full, please do not try and create your own parking spot. This can negatively impact emergency vehicle access and neighbors.
  • Be thoughtful. In many cases, you’re driving through neighborhoods to get to these trailheads. Please drive like it’s your neighborhood. Follow the speed limit and slow down to limit dust.
  • Be safe and keep others safe. While you’re enjoying the great outdoors, please be sure to practice adequate physical distancing (6’ apart) on the trail to lower the risk of transmission. Don’t linger at viewpoints or trailheads if adequate distancing can’t be maintained. Please stay at home if you are sick. 

COVID-19 Info: For the latest information on COVID-19 and how you can help slow the spread and keep yourself safe, click here.