Message from the General Manager: September - October 2020

Robert E. Doyle

Continuing Our Mission in COVID Times

Continuing Our Mission in COVID Times: COVID-19 has challenged parks throughout the nation. While many businesses and government agencies have closed or slowed down operations, parks have been busier than ever.

The Park District has met this challenge and continued its mission and vision of providing open space, parks, trails, safe and healthful recreation, environmental education, and opportunities for the East Bay’s growing and diverse community to experience nature close to home.

Remaining Open During COVID-19:
Most Regional Parks have remained open for outdoor recreation, with a limited few closed because their primary functions, such as picnicking and swimming, are prohibited by local health agencies. During COVID-19, over 99 percent of the Park District’s 125,000 acres of parklands, 55 miles of shoreline, and 1,300 miles of recreational trails remain accessible for walking, hiking, biking, and horseback riding.

Digital Learning:
During COVID-19, the Park District’s naturalists, who typically provide programs at visitor centers or in the parks, have been bringing their classes and activities to audiences online through virtual and digital platforms, including virtual park tours, creature feature videos, and fi eld study videos.

Denouncing Racism and Affirming the Right to Feel Safe and Welcome in Regional Parks:
On Tuesday, June 16, 2020, the Park District Board approved a resolution denouncing racism and reiterating the District’s commitment to ensuring safe and welcoming outdoor spaces for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, free of racism, discrimination, and threat of violence.

Parks are essential to our quality of life and our physical and mental health. Rest assured that during these challenging times, we remain focused and committed to the District’s mission and vision. You can help keep parks open and safe by wearing a mask around others, following all park rules, and packing out your trash. Please do your part to help keep yourself, others, and our staff safe.