As winds picked up Friday, some Pierce County cities shuttered their public parks as a safety precaution.
Lakewood started the day by closing two parks, but by mid-afternoon had closed the gates to all of its parks, citing concerns about high winds.
The parks could reopen Saturday, but if the winds continue, the closure might extend until Sunday, a city spokesman said.
The city encouraged residents to avoid areas where tree branches or debris could fall.
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Tacoma Metro Parks closed the outer loop of Five Mile Drive in Point Defiance Park just before 11 a.m.
“We are advising park visitors to stay off the trails and out of the forested areas of Point Defiance Park to protect their safety,” officials wrote on the park’s website.
The outdoor area at Treetops Playground was closed as well, although the indoor play structure was still open.
Puyallup closed its Wildwood Park and Riverwalk Trail and planned to close additional parks by noon Saturday (Oct. 15) because of high wind warnings and the threat of downed tree branches.
Residents were asked to stay out of Bradley Lake Park, Clarks Creek Park and DeCoursey Park.
Conditions permitting, all parks will reopen Sunday morning. The city will post updates to its website.
Pierce County closed Lake Tapps, Bresemann Forest, Nathan Chapman Trail and Spanaway Park due to high winds.
Staff writer Brynn Grimley contributed to this report.
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