Jefferson County Parks and Recreation
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  • Employment Opportunity

    Parks Maintenance - Part Time
    Year-round position caring for
    Port Townsend Community Center, North Beach, and Memorial Field.

    On-the-job training, supportive and friendly co-workers, and a variety of tasks helps make this a rewarding position.
    $19 per hour

    More info and application here:

  • Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is hosting their regular meeting Thursday, October 6, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Click here for the agenda, meeting documents, and how to attend info. 
  • The Basketball Courts at HJ Carroll Park will be temporarily closed from 9/21/22 to 10/3/22.
    Thank you for your patience.
  • The Jefferson County Parks, Recreation, Open Space, and Trails Comprehensive Plan (PROS Plan) is being updated. The final draft of the PROS Plan available for review and public input by clicking here. 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

The Port Townsend Rec Center is Awesome!

Rec Center hours for Sept 6th, 2022 - June 2023:  
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 3:30 PM - 6 PM,  Wednesdays 2 PM - 6 PM,
Closed Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays


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 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!

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