Labor Day Tips for Regional Park Visitors


Labor Day is typically one of the busiest days of the year in Regional Parks with some of our more popular parks and swim areas expected to reach capacity by mid-morning. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early and carpool. Check to know if the Regional Park you are heading to is affected.

Also, if visiting a Regional Park, there are certain tips and rules visitors should follow:

  1. STAY COOL AND HYDRATED – Plan ahead and bring plenty of water.
  2. DRINK SAFELY – Alcohol is only allowed at certain Regional Parks. Check before you go.
  3. FOLLOW WATER SAFETY RULES IF SWIMMING – There are free loaner life-jackets available at all East Bay Regional Park District swim facilities as an extra safeguard for anyone concerned about their swimming abilities or those of their children.
  • Do not build, light, or maintain any open outdoor fire on park property except in those facilities or areas provided and designated for that purpose.
  • Never leave a fire unattended.
  • Gas-fueled stoves are permitted under certain conditions:
    • Place the stove in an area that will not scorch, burn, or otherwise damage lawns or tabletops.
    • Keep the stove at least 30 feet from any flammable material such as grass, weeds, wood chips, brush, or buildings.
    • Thoroughly extinguish all burning fuel such as wood or charcoal before disposing of them in an ash receptacle. It is unlawful to dispose of coals in garbage cans or refuse bins.
  • Do not drive or park your vehicle on dry grass areas—the heat from a vehicle’s undercarriage can ignite a wildfire. Low-hanging chains that drag can also ignite wildfires near dry grass.
  • Smoking is prohibited in Regional Parks, including inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any lighted pipe, cigar, cigarette, marijuana, plant, or other combustible organic or chemical substance.
  • Vapor devices that release gas, particles, or vapors into the air are prohibited in Regional Parks (excluding any USDA-approved medication).
  • Use of gasoline-powered equipment (generators, etc.) is prohibited.

The East Bay Regional Park District is the largest regional park system in the nation, comprising 73 parks, 55 miles of shoreline, and 1,250 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and nature learning. The Park District receives more than 25 million visits annually throughout Alameda and Contra Costa counties in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Dave Mason, Public Information Supervisor
(510) 544-2217