Washington State Parks is temporarily closing all state managed parks for two weeks, starting today, March 25, in response to Governor Inslee’s Stay Home Stay Healthy order.
This includes the following Spokane area parks:
- Riverside State Park
- Spokane River Centennial State Park Trail
- Columbia Plateau State Park Trail
- Mount Spokane State Park
- Crawford State Park
According to State Parks Area Manager, Diana Dupuis,
"We realize many people live close to the trail and will be able to access it by foot or bike and, as long as they are practicing good social distancing, can use the trail and still abide by the Governor’s order. We recognize that getting out and exercising is still a great practice for most everyone, especially during this time. What we don’t want is over crowded trailheads, people not keeping their distances, and bathrooms that we cannot keep sanitized. This measure is to help us avoid those situations. Closing a park means shutting down our facilities, parking lots, and amenities to the public to keep our staff and the public safe. The land is still there for the public to use."
I hope this email finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe. As we work through this very vulnerable time, we will keep you informed through these emails and social media channels.
Loreen McFaul, CFRE
Friends of the Centennial Trail