Jefferson County Parks and Recreation
Register Now


  • 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 Public Works Department Parks & Recreation Division is seeking a Full Time, Seasonal Parks Maintenance I to perform County Park maintenance.
    Begin immediately, ending Nov 1.
    Click here for more information or to apply!
  • 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. The Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (JCPRAB) will review the final draft of the PROS Plan on August 4, 2022 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Agenda and meeting information is available 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

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!

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