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  • "No Fireworks in Jefferson County Parks. It is illegal to use fireworks in any Jefferson County Park. Thank you for your cooperation and assistance."
    High levels of E. coli bacteria have been detected in a stream that enters Irondale Beach Park in Port Hadlock. As a result, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has closed a portion of the Chimacum Creek Tidelands south of Chimacum Creek to recreational shellfish harvest. The beach is open north of Chimacum Creek. In addition, swimming and wading are not recommended in the creek or on the beach. Warning signs have been posted at the beach, the stream, and the parking lot.
    For more information, please see Irondale Beach's facility page or Public Health's website: Chimacum Tidelands Closure, Irondale Beach Warning
    Jefferson County Parks and Recreation seeks Part Time Recreation Aide to help supervise the Port Townsend Rec Center and youth soccer or basketball leagues. The position has flexible and variable hours. Our staff team is dynamic, supportive, and innovative.  To apply visit Please call Chris Macklin at 360-385-2221 or stop by the Rec Center if you have any questions.
  • Construction Project Notice: the JUMP! playground will be built at HJ Carroll Park from approximately May 16 to August 31, 2022.  See our new JUMP! Facility Page for more information. During construction: the perimeter path will generally remain open; the construction site will be completely closed; the main parking lot will be periodically closed; and the  basketball courts will open whenever possible, but closed when required for safety. Jefferson County also has other basketball courts at Courthouse Park in Port Townsend, Irondale Community Park, and Quilcene Community Park. Thank you for your patience. Please call 360-385-9160 if you have any questions.
    Update: As of June 15, 2022, the HJ Carroll Basketball Courts are open from 4:30pm until the park closes at sunset.  They will remain open as long as possible, but will be closed periodically when required for safety.
  • The Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is seeking two volunteer advisory board members. One from county commissioner district 1 and one from district 3. The board meets six times/year for 1.5 hours. Interested applicants should complete the advisory board application and submit it to Jefferson County Board of Commissioners, 1820 Jefferson St, Port Townsend, WA  98368 or, by June 15, 2022. Please call Matt Tyler, 360-385-9129 if you have any questions.
  • Jefferson County Soccer Club Soccer Camp
    July 18 - 22, 2022, Morning (4-14 years), Afternoon (7-14 years) and Full Day (7-14 years only) camp sessions. Use this link to the UK Soccer Club website to register
  • The 2015 Jefferson County Parks, Recreation, Open Space, and Trails Comprehensive Plan (PROS Plan) is being updated. Both the 2015 version and the 2022 preliminary working draft update version are available for review and public input by clicking here.

    The Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (JCPRAB) will review the 2022 draft plan on April 1, 2022 at 11:00 am. The public is welcome to attend this meeting. There will be a brief public comment period at the beginning of the meeting. Agenda and meeting information is available by clicking here.

    The update process will include two presentations to the JCPRAB (June 1, 2022 and August, 3, 2022), a presentation to the Board of County Commissioners, and a public hearing (both TBA). Public comment on the 2022 PROS Plan update is welcome at anytime. Please send comments to:
  • Parks Ordinance, Parks Code - has been updated! It is very important that all park users keep their dogs on a leash no longer than 8 feet at all times in our parks. In addition, please remember that dogs are not allowed at designated swimming beaches including the beach at Gibbs Lake Park. For the updated version of the Jefferson County Parks Code, please Click Here.

Jefferson County Parks Helpful Info

Event Reservation Instructions

Reservations can be made for our County Park Shelters: Rotary Pavilion and Salmon Shelter in HJ Carroll Park and the Lyons Club Shelter at Portage Beach of Indian Island Park for your birthday party, wedding reception, local meetings, etc.  

To make a reservation, you must have a CountyRec account. If you don't have an account select ‘Create Account’ from the blue ‘Account’ tab at the top of this page. Fill out your information as requested and submit. 

When you are logged in to your account you will have the option to make a reservation. Either select the 'Reserve' icon on your account page or select 'Reservation' from the blue 'Facilities' tab. 

Fill out your event information and submit your request. This will send an email to our admin team who will review the request. If there are any questions, we may reach out. If it looks ok, we will accept the request and will be sent you will receive an invoice to the email you provided. You may pay online with a credit or debit card with a 3% fee through your CountyRec account. As soon as payment is received you will be sent the event permit and your payment receipt. Only when you have the event permit is your reservation secured.

If you have any questions about reservations please call our office at 360-385-9160 M-F 8am-5pm. 
We are happy to help you!

The Port Townsend Rec Center is Awesome! Our Hours are Below

Rec Center's open hours; starting June 21st -(through August 2022)  
Monday - Friday 11am-4pm, 
Closed Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays 

Covid masking in County buildings: Masking is requested, but not required. Masks will continue to be provided. 

  • Refer to the Jefferson County Code 12.25.170 Animals for information on animals in our County Parks.
  • Motorized equipment such as e-scooters, electric kid cars, hoverboards, segways, onewheels, e-skateboards, and e-bikes are not allowed in our parks except on roadways and the Rick Tollefson Trail in HJ Carroll Park. Electric mobility devices and chairs used by people with disabilities are allowed in parks.
  • Pickleball is not allowed on the HJ Carroll Basketball Courts.
  • Drones and other radio control devices such as model planes, boats, helicopters, and cars are not allowed in any Jefferson County Parks with one exception: radio controlled model float planes are allowed at Lake Leland Day Use Park.
  • For more information about Jefferson County Parks, please call 360-385-9160.
  • For more information about City of Port Townsend Parks, please see or call 360-344-3064.

Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Tax ID is: 91-6001322