Parks and Recreation

Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services

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The Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services, located at the Frances Anderson Center, serves as the community's key resource for providing parks, open space, recreation programs, and cultural arts for the enjoyment of Edmonds citizens and visitors to the community. The Department plays a vital role in many aspects of community life, with staff liaisons to the Edmonds Library Board, the Edmonds Memorial Cemetery Board, the Planning/Parks Board, and the Edmonds Arts Commission.  Click here for boards and commissions information.

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The City is abiding by and supporting the Governor's phased reopening plan and related requirements.  The City recognizes these are unprecedented and challenging times and we appreciate your willingness to make socially responsible decisions in how you use the city's parks and facilities. 

Parks & Recreation Facility and Program Update
While the City of Edmonds Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services Department appreciates and recognizes the physical and mental value of recreation, exercise and being outside, we also request people who visit the city parks, trails and open spaces adhere to the COVID-19 safety guidelines from the State of Washington's Governor's Stay-Home OrderSnohomish Health District and the Center for Disease Control.  


LEAP - Learning Enhancement & Activity Program

Registration Now Open!

In an effort to help families with school-aged kids during this time of distance learning the Edmonds Parks Recreation & Cultural Services Department will be transforming the Frances Anderson Center's classrooms into weekly pods grouping kids of similar ages. The program will support academic efforts for 2nd - 6th graders and provide supplemental programming from the Environmental Education and Cultural Arts divisions as well as community partners such as Sno-King.

T
he pod clasroom environment will take place 8:30 - am - 4:30 pm with extended hours in the morning and afternoon as needed. Registration and staff recruitment will take place in early September. LEAP is scheduled to start Mid-October, check back frequently for more updates.

100% FREE Scholarships are available to Edmonds residents who are on the Free and Reduced Lunch Program or have experienced a hardship due to COVID-19. Apply for the scholarships here.

More information about the program and the employement opportunities.



"PLAY IT SAFE" PLAN for reopening City of Edmonds Parks 
- The City of Edmonds "PLAY IT SAFE" PLAN aligns with Washington's phased approach to reopening businesses and modifying social distancing measures. The goal is to balance the health and safety of residents with the physical and mental health benefits of using parks, being outdoors and recreating. 


In response to Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” executive order, the City of Edmonds has taken the following actions:  

The Frances Anderson Center, Plaza Room and Meadowdale Clubhouse remain closed to the public at this time. 

  • Main Street Kids and the Edmonds Montessori are open providing essential childcare service in the Frances Anderson Center.
  • LEAP - Learning Enhancement & Activities Program, if approved will take place at the Frances Anderson Center with enhanced safety measures.
  • Olympic Ballet and Sculptors Workshop are operating on a very limited basis.
  • Outdoor summer camps are running and there are more spots available. Register today! 
  • Athletic fields are available for rent. In phase 2 only practices are able to resume following strict distancing guidelines. 
  • Park Shelters rentals are suspended at this time.   
  • Indoor rentals such as Plaza Room, Meadowdale Clubhouse and Frances Anderson center remain on hold at this time. 


Yost Pool & Hazel Miller Spray Park at City Pare are Closed for the Summer

The Sprak Park and Yost Pool will not open this summer. As per the current health and safety guidelines as well as Mayor's State of Emergency declaration, the traditional activities do not allow for proper social distancing.  In addition, neither the City (hiring freeze) nor the City's service provider for the pool, Dale Turner YMCA, are able to provide staff and programming due to COVID-19 impacts. 

Park Amenities
The following park amenities are scheduled to open when we reach the associated phases of Washington's reopening plan. View the "PLAY IT SAFE" PLAN (Revised 7/30/2020) for additional information:

  •  Playgrounds - phase 3
  •  Picnic Shelter Rentals - phase 4
  •  Permanent Restrooms - Open
  •  Sports Courts (tennis, pickleball and basketball) - Open
  •  Marina Beach Sand Volleyball Court - Open
  •  Off-Leash Dog Park - Open
  •  Petanque Courts -  Open
  •  Skate Park at Civic Park -  Open


Meeting & Event Cancellations and modifications
The following meeeting and events have been cancelled:

  • Urban Craft Fair - cancelled - plan to return in 20201
  • Edmonds Cemetery Memorial Day Celebration - flags and crosses will be placed. Cemetery will be open for loved one visits but formal ceremony has been cancelled
  • 4th of July - Parade, fun run and fireworks - cancelled for 2020
  • Edmonds Arts Festival - cancelled - plan to return in 2021
  • May and June Board & Commission meetings are cancelled to include: Arts Commission, Cemetery Board, Youth Commission 
  • Volunteer events - cancelled through June 30
  • Live Summer Concert Series at City Park and the Hazel Miller Plaza - cancelled for 2020 
  • Bird Fest will be offered virtually in 2020
  • Write on the Sound will be offered virtually in 2020
  • Moonlight Beach Adventure - postponed until 2021
  • Classic Car Show - postponed until 2021
  • Outdoor Movies - postponed until 2021
  • Taste Edmonds - postponed until 2021
  • Oktoberfest - virtual in 2020 https://edmondsoktoberfest.com/ 


Virtual Recreation
Please visit our virtual recreation site for a compilation of fun activities you can do from home. 

  •  The page includes both free and paid programming
  • Check out the cool resources you can do from home from our Discovery program!


Parks, Trails, and Open Space Remain OPEN
City of Edmonds parks, trails and open spaces are open for public use.

  • Marina Beach Park reopened May 5, 2020, Fishing Pier reopened May 5, 2020, social distancing restrictions apply, permanent restrooms are openPlaygrounds are scheduled to reopen in phase 3
    • Off Leash Dog Park reopened June 5, 2020
    • Existing portable restrooms are open
    • Sand volleyball court is open
    • Playground is scheduled to reopen in phase 3
    • The pedistrian bridge closed to avoid forcing people to walk too close together
    • Additional reserved parking spaces are available for high-risk individuals
  • Picnic shelter rentals are on hold until further notice


Outdoor Tennis / Pickleball Courts - Reopened June 5, 2020

The following rules will are place in order to ensure social distancing and continue to slow the spread of COVID-19:

  • SINGLES PLAY ONLY, doubles play is prohibited (unless from the same household) to promote 6' distancing
  • No congregating or lingering on or near the courts before or after play. 
  • Non-tennis/pickleball activities on tennis courts are prohibited. 
  • Do not play if you are exhibiting any illness symptoms or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days. 

In addition the US Tennis Association also reccomends the following:

  • Play with a new ball and rotate new ones into play when possible. 
  • Avoid use of your hands to pick up balls when possible. 
  • Consider numbering / marking and picking up your own ball only. 
  • Do not share racquet or personal equipment. 
  • Stay on your side of the court; avoid changing ends of the court. 
  • Remain apart from other player when taking a break. 
  • Avoid physical contact like handshakes or high fives. 
  • Avoid touching gates, fences, benches and other court amenities

Skate Park at Civic Park - Reopened June 5, 2020
The following rules are in place in order to ensure social distancing and continue to slow the spread of COVID-19: 

  • Enter at your own risk, the park is not sanitized. 
  • Do not enter park if you are exhibiting any illness symptoms or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days. 
  • Sanitize or wash your hands before and after entering the park. 
  • Spread out to promote 6' social distancing, do not have multiple people on one skate park element at a time. 
  • Remain apart from others when taking a break. 
  • Avoid physical contact like handshakes or high fives. 
  • Avoid touching gates, fences, rails, ramps and trash cans with bare hands. 
  • No spectating, congregating or lingering on or near the Skate Park before or after riding. 

Off Leash Area (Dog Park) at Marina Beach – Reopened June 5, 2020
The following rules are in place in order to ensure social distancing and continue to slow the spread of COVID-19:

  • Enter at your own risk, the park is not sanitized.
  • Do not enter park if you are exhibiting any illness symptoms or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days. 
  • Sanitize or wash your hands before and after entering the park.
  • Spread out, limit groupings of people to 5 or fewer to promote 6’ social distancing.
  • Avoid physical contact like handshakes or high fives.
  • Avoid touching gates, fences, benches, water faucets and trash cans with bare hands.
  • Wear a mask when proper distancing cannot be accomplished. 

As a reminder dogs ARE NOT allowed on any of Edmonds Beached except in the Off Leash Dog Park at Marina Beach. For a complete list of Dog Park fules visit the O.L.A.E. webpage


Fishing Pier 

The fishing pier reopened for visiting and fishing with an emphasis on social distancing and following COVID-19 safety guidelines. Signage and spacing demarcation have been installed.  Public restrooms are open. 

Waterfront Parking Lots
Marina Beach and Brackett’s Landing North parking lots re-opened May 5, 2020 and have additional reserved parking spaces for high-risk individuals. All City of Edmonds Park parking lots are open. 


Parks Maintenance

  • Continuing to provide essential sanitation and park maintenance (restrooms, trash, vegetation management)
  • Supporting the flower program (planting baskets and corner parks)

You can report issues or ask questions about parks by sending an email to: edmondsparks@edmondswa.gov 

For additional information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

CONTACT US
Frances Anderson Center - Temporarily closed to the public due to COVID-19, scheduled to reopen in Phase 3
700 Main Street 
Edmonds, WA 98020

Email: edmondsparks@edmondswa.gov (this is the fastest way to get a response at this time)

Follow us on Facebook for regular updates @EdmondsRecZone

Phone:

Info/Registration/Rentals 425-771-0230 
Arts Commission 425-771-0228
Discovery Programs 425-771-0227
Edmonds Cemetery   425-771-4741
Meadowdale Preschool 425-745-5055