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Email from Parks and Rec  - June 15 2020



As you know, the Governor provided updated guidelines for outdoor youth and adult recreational sports that allows for modified practices to resume. This is exciting news, and we’re looking forward to working with you to get you back on the field.


Our playfield rentals will resume July 1, 2020 for practices.  


Please note: the guidelines allow for practices only. Games and scrimmages aren’t allowed until phase 3.


New Guidelines

This guidance is directly from the Governor’s office, and we’re following their plan. In Phase 1.0 modified, team practice can resume if:

  • Players are limited to groups of five in separate parts of the field, separated by a buffer zone

  • Practice can follow social distancing of a minimum of five feet between players with no contact

  • Parents and household members must not congregate on the sidelines during practice

  • Each league, organization, club, or individual must publish and follow a “return to play” safety plan with their field request.  Permits will not be issued without your return to play safety plan.


What You Can Anticipate

  • Very limited field availability. At this time, we don’t have the full inventory of athletic fields. Scheduling is going to look different. We must be equitable and fair. Please understand historical use on fields will not be consistent this July. Some permits will need to be modified. We are only permitting fields from July 1-14 at this time.

  • Many of our parking lots will remain closed. This is to prevent crowds at parks.

  • We must revise our scheduling processes to allow for transitions of each group. You will have 15 min from the conclusion of your rental to be completely off the field and out of the park. All equipment and personal items must be removed from the field. Your plans to comply should be included in your “return to play” safety plan.

  • With a reduced staff, we have not had the resources to maintain our fields. Many of our fields are in good shape, but some grass may be longer than usual and there may be grass clippings. even if a field is reservable, not all equipment (especially bases, infield prep tools) will be available.

  • Fields may not be lined or have goals in place. Please come prepared with cones or other temporary field markers and goals for your practice. Fields will not be lined until we have entered Phase 3 and when staffing and resources allow.

  • Portable toilets are available at most field locations (comfort stations will remain open).

  • Most drinking fountains are not operational; please bring your own drinking water.

  • With fields being open for drop-in use, users with reservations should bring their permit to the field in case others are on the field during your scheduled booking.


What we need from you

If you would like to hold practice, please provide us with a “return to play” safety plan, as required by the Governor’s office. We don’t have a template from their office for you to follow, we just ask that you outline in a Word document how you’ll follow the new guidelines. We will keep this on file.


If your group has already submitted a return to play/safety plan, please review it to make sure that it covers all of the items listed above.  Even if no changes are required, please resubmit your plan to me to make sure that I have the most current version of it on file.


Activities occurring on fields will comply with all applicable laws, including any COVID-19 guidelines put in place by the Governor. If the guidelines are not followed all permits will be cancelled.


Fields Available for Permitting July 1-14 (Specific Fields Coming Soon)

We are in the process of determining which playfields are available for use.  Details will be available soon.


Thank you! We look forward to making field rentals available for practice again. I’m here to answer any questions I can. We are all remaining flexible as guidance from the state continues to evolve, and we will do our best to work with you to meet your needs under the current guidelines.


Take care.

William Bartram
Athletic Scheduling, City of Seattle

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