LONG LAKE PARK 2020 SUMMER SEASON REVISION
LACEY, WA, June 19, 2020: The City of Lacey’s Long Lake Park has officially opened for the 2020 summer season. However, due to a lack of certified staff, the lake will not have lifeguards on duty this year. Many Washington cities with swim beaches face similar challenges.
The City has faced challenges securing an adequate number of certified lifeguards for the past few years. The COVID-19 public health crisis has created additional barriers. Nearly every aspect of training and preparing lifeguards involves extremely close contact with others, including practicing rescues with a partner or working as a rescue team. This type of training is necessary to closely mimic real-life rescue situations. The American Red Cross lifeguard certification and ongoing training requirements conflict with the current Health Department’s COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. Due to these circumstances, the City is unable to recertify their current lifeguards or offer new lifeguards certification until social distancing is relaxed or eliminated.
The City of Lacey and its Parks and Recreation Department’s top priority is to ensure the safety and enjoyment of its parks and recreational areas for all parks users. To educate and increase awareness about proper water safety, the City will post information at the park and at ci.lacey.wa.us/VisitParks.
Long Lake Park is open daily from 7 a.m. to dark. Park visitors can enjoy lake access from the swimming beach, two sand volleyball courts, nature trails, barbeque grills in the designated area, picnic tables, and benches. Visitors can also use the small-craft launch area, for canoes, kayaks, rowboats, paddleboards, and other similar small craft; however, motorized boats are not allowed.
Lacey has one of the finest municipal park systems in the state. Long Lake Park, one of the finest swimming beaches in Thurston County, includes 285 feet of beach frontage. For more information about Lacey's parks, visit ci.lacey.wa.us/VisitParks.