Some King County cities reopening parks, playgrounds as people practice responsible social distancing

Some cities have begun reopening public parks and playgrounds as people continue to wear masks and practice responsible social distancing while outside.

Redmond and Kirkland both announced Monday that parks and other recreational areas are reopening.

The city of Kirkland is reopening playgrounds starting Monday as well as installing additional signs to remind people to wear masks, practice social distancing and avoid large crowds. Volleyball and basketball courts and fields will stay closed because they attract crowds larger than what is currently allowed under state guidelines.

Waterfront parks in Kirkland have also returned to their regular closing time of 10 p.m. after being shortened during the summer.

Redmond is also reopening some outdoor facilities.

Picnic shelters were reopened last Friday, Sept. 18 and playgrounds are reopening Sept. 25.

Sports fields reopening last Friday for drop-in use and field rentals are available starting Monday. Basketball and volleyball courts are reopening Sept. 30.

The city is reminding everyone that uses these facilities to practice social distancing and not to gather in large crowds.