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Medical Lake park entrance, boat launch closed to vehicles


Last updated 7/30/2020 at 1:39pm

Drew Lawson

The gate at Waterfront Park in Medical Lake has been closed to vehicle traffic. The city closed the parking lot and boat launch to non-emergency vehicles July 24 in an effort to prevent large groups from gathering in the park.

MEDICAL LAKE-Throughout the first half of July, crowds gathered at Medical Lake waterfront, often without social distancing or wearing a mask. As a result, mayor Shirley Maike and city administrator Doug Ross were forced to close the park and boat launch entrances to vehicles.

The decision, which took effect the morning of Friday, July 24, was brought to city council by Ross and Maike at its July 21 meeting. The walking trail is not be closed to the public. Emergency vehicles will still have access to the park.

"We know we can't completely close the park; there's just too many ways to get...

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