Winter Tips

Winter Tips in Olympia Parks

Olympia's moderate weather allows for year around access in our parks most of the time.  Please review the following information to help provide you with an safe and enjoyable experience.

Park Hours

Olympia parks open at dawn and close at dusk, year around.  Please be aware that several factors can impact gate openings and closings and that times can fluctuate due to road conditions, staff resources and other unplanned circumstances.

Park Restrooms

Some park restrooms are closed during the winter to protect plumbing from the unpredictable freezing temperatures. Here is a list of available restrooms from November 1 until spring.

Artesian Commons (24 hours) Bigelow Decatur Woods
Friendly Grove  Kettle View LBA
Lions Olympia Woodland Trail Harbor House @ Percival 
Priest Point Park (Restroom 2) Woodruff Yauger

Temporary sanicans are also available year around at Watershed Park and West Bay Park.

Park Shelters

Park Shelters are not available for reservation throughout the winter, but citizens are free to use them on a first come/first served basis during regular park hours.  Please note that water service will not be available at any shelters beginning November 1 and continuing until spring.


During most of the winter, trails remain open for your enjoyment.  Caution is always advised.  Wind, snow and ice from previous days or even weeks ago can create unexpected hazards.  Please be alert for broken tree limbs overhead and irregular footing.

Athletic Fields

Our fields at LBA ParkStevens Field and Yauger Park, as well as athletic fields on Olympia School District property, are closed to scheduled use November 1 through March 1.  Your respect of the vulnerable turf during the winter months will be appreciated by everyone that looks forward to getting outside again in the spring.

Temporary Closures

During and following acts of nature such as high winds, heavy snow, or ice storms we may close some or all of our parks to ensure staff and visitor safety.  Please respect closure notices until a full assessment is completed and the parks are reopened.

Reporting Hazards or Rule Violations

Please report any hazards in our parks to either our Parks Maintenance office (360.753.8024) or our Customer Service Center at The Olympia Center (360.753.8380) during regular business hours. Please report park rule violations, such as off leash dogs or encampments, to the Park Ranger (360.753.8365) during regular business hours. For all emergencies and suspicious behavior, call 911.

General Reminders

To ensure a pleasant park experience, we have a few reminders that will help enhance everyone's visit. 

  • Be sure to secure your vehicle and keep valuables out of sight.
  • Dogs must be on leash at all times.
  • Please remember to pick up pet waste and dispose of it in trash receptacles.