Parks Reopening Guidelines

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Phase 2 opens up more park and recreation options with use restrictions and guidelines

Pierce County parks are open for public use with protocols and guidelines to keep the public safe. The majority of parks outdoor spaces will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily.  Chambers Creek Regional Park gates close at 8:30 p.m. 

Beginning Monday, July 13, 2020 the following parks will have extended hours of operation:

  • Spanaway Park - open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily; boating launch operates 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (no launches after 7:00 p.m.)
  • North Lake Tapps Park - open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily; boating launch operates 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Entry to North Lake Tapps Park ends at 7:00 p.m.

Additional protocols have been created to promote respectful use and manage site capacity including limiting travel, shortened stays, and social distancing measures. With Pierce County’s move into Phase 2 of the Governor’s Safe Start reopening program, Pierce County Parks will begin permitting small group fitness, sport and outdoor recreational opportunities beginning June 22. Authorized activities must adhere to limitations in the Governor’s guidance and require the submission of a “return to play” health and safety plan.

Some park amenities have reopened for permitted use including Spire Rock and select sports complexes may accommodate youth practices in preparation for game and tournament play which will begin in Phase 3. Teams must register for use and follow Sporting Activities Guidance.

Permits will only be authorized for activities with safety plans and restrictions that follow Phase 2 guidance.  Picnic shelters and some athletic complexes’ fields will remain closed until Phase 3.

Crowded parks may result in future closures, so Pierce County is asking that everyone work together and abide by the below guidelines for safe and respectful park, open space and trail use.   

Guidelines for Staying Safe While Enjoying the Outdoors

Limit Travel

  • Recreate within your home county and home community. 
  • Use the park closest to your home. If you can walk there, please do so.
  • Understand that some people don’t have the ability to walk to their local park and must drive, so leave parking stalls for them. 
Limit Stays
  • If you drive to a park/trailhead and parking is not available, then the site is at capacity. Do not park in unauthorized areas or in neighborhoods. Come back later.  
  • Keep your visit to two hours or less and go no more than twice a week to make sure there is room for everyone. 
  • Try to avoid peak hours of the day and instead consider going when it’s not as sunny. 
  • Public restrooms in the parks may not be open or well stocked at all locations.
Limit Contact
  • Stay home if you are sick or at high risk. 
  • Stay six feet away from anyone who doesn’t live with you. 
  • Avoid contact with items that don’t belong to you. 
  • Wear a mask if you are going to be around others. 
  • Bring supplies with you to wash and sanitize regularly.
When in the Park
  • Stay out of picnic shelters. 
  • Only use sport courts with your own family and your own play equipment; fields at athletic complexes will remain closed. 
  • Only one family or household group per picnic table. Please bring a table covering to use and take it with you when you leave. 
  • Stay in your family or household group and if you are using lawn space, make sure it is at least 25 feet from others who are doing the same.
While at the Playground

  • Stay with household/friend groups on play structures
  • Limit use when others are waiting.
  • Avoid congregating at playgrounds.
  • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer after using.
When on a Trail

  • Follow one-way directional arrows and looping (where indicated). 
  • If two-way use occurs, provide proper distancing upon passage. Do not pass if a distance of six feet cannot be maintained.
Phase 2 Reopens the following:

  • Beginning June 22, Sprinker Recreation Center will be open for scheduled fitness and individual instruction activities. Sprinker ice operations will be open for pre-registered free style and instructional stick & puck sessions only. 
  • The Harold E LeMay Skatepark at Sprinker Recreation Center will be open with specific hours of operation.
  • Chambers Creek Regional Park Playfields
  • Dawson Playfield (bathrooms remain closed) Note: Beginning August 1, 2020 Dawson Playfield will be closed  for construction.
  • Gonyea Playfield (bathrooms remain closed)
  • Playgrounds reopen with posted guidelines 
  • Additional park restrooms will be open, however continuous access is not guaranteed. Portable units may still be used at some locations.
  • Soccer fields at our sports complexes are open for small group practices only with advanced reservations.  Please contact Jared for more information.

Restroom Access

FacilityRestroom Access beginning June 5
Chambers Creek Regional ParkSingle restroom at North Meadow; Multi-stall restroom at Central Meadow
Foothills TrailSingle restroom at the East Puyallup and McMillin trailheads

Single standard portable restroom at the Crocker turnout and South Prairie trailhead

North Lake Tapps ParkMulti-stall restroom at the West and Central Peninsulas (map)
Spanaway ParkParking Lot A – 1 ADA portable restroom

Parking Lot B – 1 Standard portable restroom

Parking Lot C – 1 ADA portable restroom and 1 Standard portable restroom

Parking Lot D – 1 Standard portable restroom

Parking Lot E – 1 ADA portable restroom

Riverside ParkSingle standard portable restroom at park entrance
FacilityRestroom Access beginning June 8
Ashford Park
Multi-stall restroom at the lower section of the park near the playground
Frontier Park
Single restroom at the south end of the park near the playground
Meridian Habitat Park
Multi-stall restroom at the west end of the parking lot
South Hill Community ParkSingle restroom at south end of the park near the playground


Public gatherings, events, team sports, and other activities, are not permitted at this time. Pierce County Parks will continue to follow safety protocols and restrictions in accordance with Gov. Inslee’s Safe Start Proclamation.

Currently Closed Facilities:

  • The ESB (Environmental Services Building, restrooms closed)
  • Lakewood Community Center (restrooms closed)
  • Heritage Recreation Center baseball and softball fields remain closed at this time.
  • All buildings at Frontier Park and Meridian Habitat Park are closed
  • Picnic shelters are closed

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