Railroad Bridge Park closes

Nature isn’t closed exactly, but one of the premier spots in Sequim is off limits for now.

Facilities at Railroad Bridge Park, including the parking lots, picnic shelters, amphitheater and restrooms closed on Wednesday, March 25, and are closed to the public until further notice.

The closure is in accordance with Gov. Inslee’s closure of all state parks during the COVID-19 pandemic, park officials said.

The park was closed by River Center director, Powell Jones, in cooperation with Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal staff.

The Dungeness River Audubon Center, located at the park, closed one week ago and will also remain closed until Inslee issues an “all clear” announcement, park officials said; two park hosts, who live on-site, will continue to oversee the property 24 hours a day.

The Olympic Discovery Trail, which crosses the Dungeness River over the Railroad Bridge trestle, remains open. The bridge is part of the North Olympic Peninsula’s emergency network for use by responders should other bridges fail, park officials noted, and must remain open at all times.

Jones strongly recommends that bicyclers and walkers keep six-feet apart when using the trail and bridge, and, for safety’s sake, suggests walkers consider finding another route because of heavy foot traffic on the bridge.