Expect Limited Access to Chelan Parks Starting This Weekend August 8

LAKE CHELAN - In an effort to create a safer experience for local residents and visitors; the City of Chelan has announced today new policies that will go into effect August 8, 2020 and continue through Labor Day.

The City’s first priority is to prevent park overcrowding. Vehicle access to Don Morse Park and Lakeside Park will close as soon as the park parking lots are full. Pedestrian traffic will only be allowed to Chelan residents with an ID proving local residence.

The second policy is to mitigate illegal parking in areas adjacent to the parks; this creates a hazard for motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians. The City will erect no-parking signs, has increased parking violation fees up to $75, and will reiterate, via signage, that vehicles are subject to towing, which may cost up to $500. Coordination with multiple law enforcement agencies has begun and residential neighborhoods will be barricaded to non-local traffic.

Guests to the Lake Chelan parks are encouraged to wear their masks, observe social distancing, and wash hands frequently.

The resort town of Chelan, Washington has become a state-wide favorite as many in Washington look to stay local for their summer travel plans. As a result, the city parks have experienced overcrowding and unsafe parking conditions.

Chelan Mayor Bob Goedde states “Although we regret taking these actions, we find it necessary during this pandemic. The protection of our residents and visitors is our highest priority.”

Free masks will be available at the park entrances as well as at the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce, located at 216 East Woodin Avenue in Historic Downtown Chelan.


Wade Farris, City of Chelan City Administrator

509.682.4037, wfarris@cityofchelan.us

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