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CLARK COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS TO CLOSE RESTROOMS AT ALL COUNTY PARKS EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
Vancouver, Wash. – With the support of Clark County Public Health and the Clark County Council, restrooms in all county parks will be closed effective immediately. The closure helps support Gov. Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order.
“We appreciate the support of the council and Public Health in continuing to prioritize the safety of the public and our Public Works staff,” said Public Works Director Ahmad Qayoumi. “We know these aren’t easy decisions to make, but we are thankful to the council for allowing us to implement these safety standards so we can keep parks open for the community.”
On March 24, the Clark County Council supported closing playgrounds and play structures at all parks in Clark County. Clark County joins a growing list of local jurisdictions that are closing playgrounds, restrooms and other park facilities to protect public health and safety.
Park users are expected to follow social-distancing and safety protocols including:
Do not use parks or trails if you are exhibiting symptoms.
Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to visiting parks or trails.
Share the trail and warn other trail users of your presence and as you pass.
Observe CDC’s minimum recommended physical distancing of six feet from other persons not from your household at all times.
If you are not able to maintain social-distancing guidelines while visiting a county park, please go home and try to come again at another time.
“While visitors will still be able to use parks, we are asking all Clark County residents to do their part in stopping the spread of COVID-19,” said Parks and Lands Division Manager Galina Burley. “The county’s parks staff does not have the capacity to actively enforce closures and social-distancing guidelines, so we rely on members of the public to follow the guidelines for the health and safety of our community.”
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CLARK COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS TO CLOSE PLAYGROUND STRUCTURES AT ALL COUNTY PARKS EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
Vancouver, Wash. – At a public meeting on March 24, the Clark County Council voted unanimously to close all playgrounds in Clark County parks effective immediately. The decision was made based on the Governor’s Executive order and is supported by Clark County Public Health.
Parks Grounds and Maintenance staff will begin posting closure signs at all Clark County Parks today. Some public restrooms will remain open, but park users should be prepared to not have access to a restroom or hand-washing facilities.
“We are grateful for the council’s commitment to keeping our parks and green spaces open,” said Public Works Director Ahmad Qayoumi. “But closing down playground structures is an important step in preventing the spread of COVID-19.”
“We cannot stress enough how important it is to follow the Governor’s ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ order,” said Parks and Lands Division Manager Galina Burley. “While the parks remain open to those walking, rolling, or strolling - activities which do not involve close contact and where six feet of social distancing can be achieved, we urge all park visitors to be mindful and prepared.”
Clark County joins a growing list of local jurisdictions that have closed playground structures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Public Work publishes Community Report
The report includes pages about Clean Water, Vegetation Management, Road Maintenance, Traffic Signals, Summer Road Preservation and other services provided by the department's 300-plus employees.
The report contains information about a couple specific road projects, but much of the report is general in nature to ensure it has a longer shelf life.
Click here to read an online version of the Public Works Community Report.
Dogs and clean water
Clark County is home to more than 100,000 dogs. Read about Canines for Clean Water and how you can help keep dog waste out of creeks, rivers and groundwater.
Be ready for flood season
If you live in a flood-prone area, consider purchasing flood insurance now. There is a 30-day waiting period before coverage takes effect. Standard homeowner's insurance does not cover flooding. Learn more on the flood insurance webpage.
Sidewalk curb ramps
Learn why Clark County rebuilds sidewalks on street corners prior to some road preservation projects. Read a one-page flier (PDF) about sidewalk curb ramps and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Park impact fees
Track fund balances (PDF) for park impact fees, the county's primary revenue source for building parks, and review a map showing park impact fee districts (PDF).
Clark County's Stormwater Manual/Code include regulations for land use and development, along with best management practices to minimize the harmful effects of polluted storm runoff.
Learn about the ongoing cleanup at the former U.S. Army base north of Camas.