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Parks and Recreation Department Facility Closures and Event Cancellation Extensions

May 13, 2020 - Today the City announced an extension of Parks and Recreation facility closures and program and rental cancellations. In response to the coronavirus pandemic and Governor Inslee’s Safe Start Washington: A Phased Approach to Recovery, the following measures are effective as of today:
  • The Community Center (MICEC) will remain closed until August 31. Facility rentals and summer recreation/camp programs are also canceled through August 31. This includes the VOICE/SVP community service programs for students.

  • All private outdoor event rentals are canceled through August 31; picnic areas are anticipated to reopen during Phase 2 and will be available on a “First Come, First Served” basis with no reservation required.  

  • All athletic field rentals are canceled through June 30. It is anticipated that athletic leagues may resume during Phase 3. Staff will be coordinating with user groups for bookings after June 30.
“We are disappointed in the extended closure of the MICEC and cancellation of our summer recreation programs,” City Manager Jessi Bon said. “I know that families, mine included, across the Island look forward to our summer camps, recreation, and service programs. Unfortunately, we just don’t have the ability to safely execute these summer programs this year.”

The City will not be accepting program registrations or facility rental applications for future reservations until there is more certainty about the timeline and guidelines for MICEC and athletic field operations to resume.

Staff will be contacting participants and rental groups this week to notify them of the cancellations and to process refunds. If you have any parks and recreation customer service needs, please contact the City’s call center (8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday thru Friday) at 206-275-7626 or Email coronavirus@mercergov.org.

A reminder that, at this time, the following parks facilities are open for general use:
  • Open: parks, most park restrooms, dog park, boat launch and P-patch
  • Closed: playgrounds, athletic fields, picnic areas, sport courts, some larger parking lots.
The City continues to welcome visitors into the park system, and we look forward to meeting your diverse recreation needs in the future. It is still important to avoid any gatherings and adhere to social distancing guidelines.



 

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