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 Biden, 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 

[April 16, 2021 Update]

Note: Spokane County Parks is actively working with partners, the Spokane Regional Health District and the Governor's Office to develop plans for reopening facilities in 2021. Stay tuned for updates!

Golf: All three courses are open for the season, COVID-19 Guidelines remain in place.

Aquatics: Both Northside and Southside Aquatic Facilities will be open daily for public swim from June 28-August 22, 2021.  The 3-hour swim sessions will have limited capacity and initially require reservations.  Limited walk-up entries will be available starting Friday, July 2, but reservations are still highly recommended.  Reservations can be made here up to 30 days in advance, starting Friday, June 18 for Southside and Wednesday, June 23 for Northside.  All programming will follow local, state, and federal guidelines for Water Recreational Facilities; therefore, operational changes are possible throughout the season if/when guidance is updated.  For details about all current COVID-19 Aquatics Adjustments, click here.

Open Swim Schedule 2021*
*Dates may be subject to change due to operational adjustments necessary for compliance with changes in COVID-19 safety guidelines 

  • RESERVATIONS REQUIRED for public swim June 28 - July 1!
  • 11:00am - 2:00pm
  • 2:30pm-5:30pm
  • Starting June 18 (Southside) and June 23 (Northside), reservations for public swim can be made here up to 30 days in advance.
  • Limited entries will be available for walk-up starting Friday, July 2nd but reservations are still highly recommended.  

Swim Lesson Schedule 2021*
*Dates may be subject to change due to operational adjustments necessary for compliance with changes in COVID-19 safety guidelines

Session 1: June 14 – June 24 (Registration opens May 3)
Session 2: June 28 – July 8 (Registration opens May 17)
Session 3: July 12 – July 22 (Registration opens June 1)
Session 4: July 26 – August 5 (Registration opens June 14)
Session 5: August 9 – August 19 (Registration opens June 28)

Registrations can be made on our website.

Recreation Programs: 

  • Youth Programming: 
    • Spokane County is partnering with Skyhawks Sports Academy to provide various youth sports in camps at Camelot, Northwoods, Orchard Ave., and Prairie View Community Parks starting in April 2021.  Check out www.skyhawks.com to learn more! 
  • Adult League Programming:
    • Volleyball: Spokane County has the goal of restarting adult league volleyball programming in fall 2021. 
    • Softball: Spokane County has come to the difficult realization that we can no longer offer adult softball league programming. Read on... For questions pertaining to softball programming at Plante's Ferry Sports Stadium, please visit the Spokane Rapids website, or call (509) 922-7910.
    • Basketball: Spokane County has come to the difficult realization that we can no longer offer adult basketball recreation league programming. Read on...

Campground: Liberty Lake Regional Park campground will be open for the season from May 1 – September 30, 2021.  Make your reservation for a tent site, a standard or premium RV site, or a cabin today! 

Parks Administration Office (Located at 404 N. Havana St): The office will re-open to the public on a limited basis starting March 29th. Staff has developed a three phase re-opening plan - see below for detail. Up through March 29th, the office will remain closed to the public. Please call (509) 477-4730 for assistance. 

  • Phase 1 - Beginning March 29th, the Parks Admin Office will “open” two days per week, Monday and Wednesday. Our restrooms will continue to be closed to the general public and the barrier currently in place at the front entrance will remain. Signage will be developed and posted on the doors to clearly identify our new open days / hours. Trish will work with Melissa to ensure that she will be here in the office for both of those days.  Hosting meetings* may occur, with participants wearing masks and social distancing in place.
  • Phase 2 - Beginning June 1st, the Parks Admin Office will “open” three days per week, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Restrooms will continue to be closed, barrier will continue to be in place, and door signage will be updated. Hosting meetings* may occur, with participants wearing masks and social distancing in place.  
  • Phase 3 - Remain open three days per week, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  Public restrooms will be available for public use and barrier will be removed when at least 80% of Spokane County’s population has been vaccinated. According to Dr. Fauci (CDC), roughly 80% of the population needs to be vaccinated to attain herd immunity. 

*Hosting meetings - Requirement to wear masks and social distancing to mirror State Business Owner Guidance as established by Governor.  

Parks: The Park Services Season begins May 1, 2021. Spokane County does not perform cleaning, disinfection or sanitizing of its play structures, parks, athletic courts or fields. Restrooms will typically be cleaned 1-7 times per week. This does not meet COVID-19 cleaning guidelines as recommended by the CDC. Use at your own risk. Where portable restrooms are available (e.g. Conservation Futures trailheads and other locations), the public is encouraged to bring their own toilet paper, hand sanitizer and wipes as an extra precaution. 

Parks are in "off-season" mode. Services such as restrooms may not be available.

Special Events, Shelter and Camp Caro Lodge Rentals: Spokane County is currently accepting reservations for events taking place May 1 - September 30, 2021.  Event organizers must be fully aware of risks and hazards connected with the activity, including potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus and agree to comply with all Federal, State, and Spokane Regional Health District requirements. State guidance regarding weddings and events can be found here.

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:

  • Set a good example. Check out this handy cheat sheet on COVID-19 trail use tips!
  • 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.