More than 100 state parks reopen in Washington


First phase eases restrictions on popular recreation

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The first phase of Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s reopening plan went into effect Tuesday, which allowed many state parks to open back up to the public.

The latest step towards the state’s recovery has given life again to more than 100 parks, trails, golf courses and boating sites.

Social gatherings are still not allowed and most non-essential businesses remain closed. However, for many Clark County residents, Tuesday’s news brought hope.

“It’s awesome just to be out here having awesome weather,” said Kyle Hatten, a resident of Vancouver fishing from the dock on Lacamas Lake. “It’s the perfect day for coming back out and [to] start fishing again.”

There are several limitations with the first phase. State parks that do open will be limited to daytime use only and parking spots will be limited at some urban parks to discourage crowding. Park patrons must still practice social distancing and only be accompanied by people from their own households, according to the guidelines.

With golf courses, only twosomes are allowed and walking is encouraged. Golfers are also not allowed to touch the flagsticks.

Inslee’s first phase also let car dealers and retailers with curbside pickup reopen Tuesday.

The second phase of Inslee’s plan will include the reopening of beaches and campgrounds but will still hold a ban on large gatherings.

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