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News Release
Clark County Public Works to close restrooms at all county parks effective immediately - 04/01/20

Vancouver, Wash. – With the support of Clark County Public Health and the Clark County Council, restrooms in all county parks will be closed effective immediately. The closure helps support Gov. Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order.

“We appreciate the support of the council and Public Health in continuing to prioritize the safety of the public and our Public Works staff,” said Public Works Director Ahmad Qayoumi. “We know these aren’t easy decisions to make, but we are thankful to the council for allowing us to implement these safety standards so we can keep parks open for the community.”

On March 24, the Clark County Council supported closing playgrounds and play structures at all parks in Clark County.  Clark County joins a growing list of local jurisdictions that are closing playgrounds, restrooms and other park facilities to protect public health and safety.

Park users are expected to follow social-distancing and safety protocols including:

  • Do not use parks or trails if you are exhibiting symptoms.
  • Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to visiting parks or trails.
  • Share the trail and warn other trail users of your presence and as you pass.
  • Observe CDC’s minimum recommended physical distancing of six feet from other persons not from your household at all times.
  • If you are not able to maintain social-distancing guidelines while visiting a county park, please go home and try to come again at another time.

“While visitors will still be able to use parks, we are asking all Clark County residents to do their part in stopping the spread of COVID-19,” said Parks and Lands Division Manager Galina Burley. “The county’s parks staff does not have the capacity to actively enforce closures and social-distancing guidelines, so we rely on members of the public to follow the guidelines for the health and safety of our community.”

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