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Snow Closures and Delays

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Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019

Updated at 5:46 pm 2/13/2019

  • Most Metro Parks facilities back on regular schedule
  • Exceptions are Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Five Mile Drive and Meadow Park Golf Course's two courses (restaurant and driving range are open)

With snow melting and more rain in the forecast, nearly all Metro Parks facilities and programs are back on their normal schedules beginning Thursday, Feb. 14.

Three of the exceptions: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and Point Defiance Park’s Five Mile Drive and Owen Beach, as crews continue to clean up after the storm. Five Mile Drive, in fact, might be better described as Five Mile Ski for a couple more days. Meadow Park Golf Course’s two courses also will stay shut down, most likely through the weekend, while the driving range and restaurant will be open.

Also open: Fort Nisqually. The Fort had suffered a power outage during the storm, but the power is back. Preschool programs will run as usual. Anyone with questions should contact the appropriate instructors or community centers.

Snow, ice and slush have disrupted park district operations since Friday and led to full closures and program cancellations or postponements in the park district through Tuesday and delayed openings Wednesday. 


If you are unsure of the status of your facility or program please call ahead before arriving.  View phone list

Please use caution in parks during and after a snowstorm:

  • Be cautious around buildings. Heavy snow and ice that may have accumulated on roofs and the edges of picnic shelters and restroom buildings may slide off in the warmer weather.
  • Tree branches also may have been stressed under the snow and ice and could break off, falling on anyone underneath.
  • Stay away from steep slopes, such as those at Titlow Park and Point Defiance Park, as these are more prone to slides in the wet conditions and the freezing and thawing experienced by the area.
  • Stay away from downed power lines, which can be fatal.

If you see an immediately dangerous area or situation, please call 911.