City of Sammamish announces Special Events and Lifeguard program status for Summer 2021

Release Date: May 20, 2021

In January, the Parks, Recreation, and Facilities Department canceled all regular, large in-person special events through July 4 because of the uncertainty of these events being permitted by the Governor in early 2021 due to the pandemic, and the City’s necessary budget reduction for the 2021/2022 biennial budget.

Gov. Jay Inslee has announced that the state is moving toward a statewide June 30 reopening date and that all counties in Washington will move to Phase 3 of the Healthy WA: Roadmap to Recovery reopening plan effective May 18 until June 30. While this is positive news and moving in the right direction, the City’s main priority is to protect the community and mitigate the risks associated with COVID-19.  With this in mind, the City will be extending its cancellation of large-scale events through the end of August 2021.  This includes National Night Out, Sammamish P.O.P., and any other event (whether partnered or through special use permit) that draws large groups of people on City property.

The Parks, Recreation, and Facilities Department will still plan to offer modified KidsFirst! Performances, Pine Lake Concerts, and Plays-in-the Park.   Also, the City will continue to offer a variety of activities to supplement the cancelation of these large events, including both interactive, family-friendly virtual events and outdoor, small-scale programs and activities for this summer.

In addition, the city of Sammamish will continue to not offer the lifeguard program this summer at Pine Lake Park.  This is due to many factors, including staffing shortage, limited pool training facilities, and the additional risk of COVID transmission when performing resuscitation does not support the City’s efforts to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

In the absence of lifeguards, city officials want to remind the public that they swim at their own risk and to be extra cautious.  This advisory applies to any water recreation at Beaver Lake and Sammamish Landing as well. 

It is recommended that all people, especially children, use life jackets or flotation devices when they are near or in the water. Other safety tips include:

  • Be wary of the risk of cold shock due to frigid spring water temperatures,
  • Look for hazards in the water like swift currents and debris,
  • Read and follow all signage.

The City will be issuing drowning prevention information and water safety tips on social media.