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Posted on: April 16, 2020

Sandy Swimming Hole Park Closed to Limit Social Gatherings with Sunny Forecast Ahead

The City of Washougal Parks Department is responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency and related federal, state and city directives in order to ensure the health, safety and well-being of the community and our staff. It is critical to continue to comply with social distancing during the upcoming sunny forecast.

Effective April 16, the City of Washougal has closed the following parks through at least May 4 to ensure the safety of our citizens and limit the spread of COVID-19:

  • Sandy Swimming Hole Park
  • Steamboat Landing Dock
  • Lower Hathaway Park
  • Hathaway Pickleball Courts
  • And all playgrounds, sports courts/fields and picnic shelters

During this time people may continue to exercise and spend time outdoors. When outdoors, people should practice social distancing and remain six feet or more away from people from different households.

Please follow these guidelines:

  • Follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to parks and trails.
  • Wash your hands, carry hand sanitizer, do not visit public space if you have symptoms, and cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Observe at all times CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people. Practice it and know what it looks like. Keep it as you walk, bike or hike.
  • Bring a suitable trash bag. Leave no trash, take everything out to protect city works.

This closure coincides with the extension of Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy,” order continued to at least May 4. The City will continue to work with Clark County Public Health to evaluate our options beyond this timeline.

In order to meet public health recommendations for protecting citizens and employees, parks maintenance crews have been split and are working every-other-week shifts. During this time, the City’s parks will be mowed less frequently and other routine tasks will be deferred.

For information on the status of Clark County parks within Washougal, please visit

For information about the City of Washougal’s response to COVID-19, please visit

The City will continue to monitor newly released information to determine additional modifications as needed and would like to thank the public for its patience and understanding.

Michelle Wright
Interim Deputy Director of Public Works

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