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 

[September 9, 2020 Update]

Golf: All three courses are open for business consistent with special conditions and guidelines as outlined in Governor’s Inslee Proclamation 20-25. 

Aquatic Facilities Closed for the 2020 Season:
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, both the Northside and Southside Family Aquatic Facilities will not open during the 2020 Aquatic Season. Spokane County joins numerous other entities in our state and region who have also come to this difficult choice in regards to public aquatic facilities. The safety and health of staff and guests is the highest priority of the Board of Spokane County Commissioners. Click here to read more regarding this difficult decision.

Recreation Programs: All Spokane County adult league athletic programs are on hold until further notice.  

Campground: The Liberty Lake Campground is open. COVID-19 safety and cleaning procedures are in place to be consistent and compliant with rules and guidelines issued by Goverrnor Inslee’s Office.

Parks Administration Office (Located at 404 N. Havana St): The office will remain closed to the public until further notice. 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 structures have been reopened following June 5th’s order from Spokane County Health Officer Dr. Lutz. Spokane County does not perform cleaning, disinfection or sanitizing of its play structures, parks, athletic courts or fields. 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. 

For a detailed list of services available at our parks this season, click here.

The Patricia Simonet Dog Park reopened Friday, June 5th following consultation / approval by the Health District.

Special Events, Shelter and Camp Caro Lodge Rentals: 

Reservations for NEW special events, shelter rentals and gatherings are hereby “suspended” until further notice.  Staff will continue to monitor COVID-19 orders, restrictions, and guidelines as applicable to special events, shelter rentals and gatherings.  Please check back for updates and changes in status.

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.