City Facility Closures and Event Scheduling Update

Apr 14, 2020 – Today the City of Mercer Island announced an update on event and meeting cancellations, and facility closures, for the coming months. In order to maintain ongoing compliance with Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Order, the following are now in effect:

  • City Council Meetings - will continue as live video conferences for the foreseeable future. The next meeting is Tuesday, April 21, at 5:00pm and is viewable on the City’s customary outlets: You Tube and MI-TV Cable Channel 21. Residents can also call into these meeting to listen by phone; meeting details and the agenda are available on the City’s website at Residents with feedback for Council on current issues or agenda items are invited to submit them in advance by 3:00pm on April 21, via the Let’s Talk Council Connects webpage. The City is developing a strategy to resume in-meeting public comment at the May 5 City Council Regular Video Meeting.
  • Most Board and Commission meetings have been canceled for the remainder of April and May; visit City web calendar for details. The Civil Service Commission and Disability Board have necessary business to conduct, and as such, they will hold their meetings via teleconference; please visit City web calendar for call-in details.
  • All City Buildings & Court – closed through at least May 4; building operations will be re-evaluated in coordination with updates from the Governor’s Office, which are anticipated at the end of April.
  • City Special Events and Volunteer Programs – canceled through June (e.g. Friday Night Films, restoration events, etc.)
  • Spring Recreation Programs – canceled through June; a decision on summer recreation programs and summer camps is anticipated by mid-May.
  • Summer Special Events – canceled, including Mostly Music in the Park, Shakespeare in the Park, and National Trails Day.
  • Parks Facilities
    • Closed: playgrounds, ballfields, picnic areas, sport courts, parking lots at parks
    • Open: parks, most park restrooms, dog park, boat launch and P-patch

This list will be evaluated over the coming weeks. In the meantime, the City encourages everyone to continue heeding the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order, and maintain appropriate social distancing even as the weather warms up and more people are recreating outside.

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