Lake Forest Park Civic Club

The Boat Launch & Sea Steps will open May 9th

Dear Members,

We have excellent news. Starting tomorrow, May 9, 2020, the Civic Club will be open for the launching and retrieving of watercraft only. The Board is working on how to open the rest of the Club, but this will need to be a phased approach.

Since our last communication, the Board has continued to monitor Governor Inslee's website relating to the Stay at Home Order. On April 27, 2020, the Governor announced that as of May 5, 2020, certain outdoor recreational activities, including fishing and boating, would be allowed to commence so long as participants fully comply with certain social distancing and Corona virus related hygiene requirements. Some members wanted to know if this meant the boat launch at the Civic Club would open. At the time of the proclamation no additional guidance was provided other than the Governor continued to prohibit all other public and private gatherings for social and recreational purposes including community, civic and leisure activities. As a private club, it was not clear whether the Club would be able to open to allow boating by Members.

This week we received additional guidance on requirements for opening boat launches. Based on the Board's review of this additional guidance, we have determined that we are now authorized to open the boat launch and hand carried watercraft launch areas of the Club, subject to the following:

  • Physical distancing of at least 6 feet must be maintained by all persons not in the same household.
  • Only members of the same household unit may use a boat together.
  • Parking must be limited to every-other space.

To facilitate the use of the Club for these purposes, the following policies are in place:

The Club will be open solely for the purpose of allowing the launching and retrieving of watercraft to/from the lake only (i.e. "launch & leave" or "load & leave" only). We cannot allow any gathering or loitering. There can be no hanging out and no leaving boats tied to the dock other than as part of the launching or retrieving process. The docks are only for temporarily tying up to allow for safe launching and loading of watercraft.

Any watercraft is acceptable; however, only paid boating members may use the paved boat launch. Other hand carried watercraft may be launched using the water steps in front of the clubhouse adjacent to the shortest dock. We will have signs to designate this area.

At this time, the Club will only be open to paid members, no guests will be permitted during this phase. This is because only members of the same household unit are allowed to ride in boats together: This is a State requirement.

Other than for the launching or retrieving of watercraft, there will be no access to the rest of the Club grounds including the play fields, picnic shelter, picnic tables, chairs, BBQs, beach, bocce court, play structure, clubhouse patio or clubhouse. The Club will have restrooms open for use of our Members. Staff will be on site to regulate the use as provided above and monitor the Club grounds, not to provide any assistance with launching craft. Staff may be required to limit access depending on usage levels. Staff will be posted at each gate to limit access by non-watercraft users at this time. Members must comply with any direction given by staff.

The Club will open its gates between 6:30 am and will close at 9:00 pm.

Please monitor the Club's website and Facebook page for updates on the status of the Club opening.

Stay safe and be well,

Keil Larsen, President

Welcome to Lake Forest Park Civic Club

Originally established in 1924, our organization serves the community of Lake Forest Park and the surrounding area by maintaining grounds and facilities for members to use while enjoying time on the shores of Lake Washington. The club house is available to rent to members and non-members.

The Lake Forest Park Civic Club prides itself on providing a family friendly environment for our members and their guests. We encourage individuals interested in joining the club to review the membership link to better understand if they are eligible for membership. 

The Club Grounds are open from dawn to dusk every day.

LFPCC is a Social Welfare Organization in the State of Washington. Our EIN is 91-0833123 and we are registered with the IRS as a 501c4 organization. 

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