Since 2020, amidst the pandemic and changing local health orders, we had steadfastly kept most of the Regional Parks and trails open. The pandemic has shown us very clearly that we all need parks – now, more than ever. Parks and open space are essential for our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.
County health officers have affirmed that spending time in parks is beneficial for health, disease prevention, and mental stress relief. (see video in this section and below).
Current state and local health orders allow for “outdoor recreation activities” as an “essential activity” as long as park visitors wear face masks and keep the 6-foot social distance.
To keep parks safe for everyone, including park employees, we have been advising visitors to wear face masks, keep 6 feet apart, and bring trash home. Do not leave trash or dog waste bags on trails. We need YOUR help! Please follow all COVID-19 safety requirements and park regulations. Thank you!
How EBRPD is keeping parks open and safe during pandemic, Aug. 11, 2020, 23m:00s
Safety Rules & Guidelines in the Parks
Help us keep the Regional Parks safe by cooperating with the statewide health orders and park rules.
Before Heading Out to the Parks
- Visit the following websites for latest state and county guidelines on outdoor gatherings and activities:
CA Department of Public Health: County Tier Level |Blueprint for a Safer Economy
COVID-19 County Updates: Alameda County | Contra Costa County
- Download a Park Map at home. Or, at the park, take a photo of the map posted on the Information Board before you begin your hike.
- Bring water and hand sanitizer.
- Bring cloth face covering / mask as recommended by the CDC.
- Bring dog leash (6-foot max.) and dog waste bags.
- Swimming may not be available at certain facilities due to blue green algae or seasonal closures.
While at the Parks
- Park safely and correctly. Respect park neighbors and park staff. Do not block driveway, roadway, emergency exit, or service access road. Parking rules/restrictions will be enforced.
- If upon arrival by foot, bike, or car you observe that a parking lot is full, or a trail is crowded, please return at another time when the park or trail is less crowded.
- Keep a 6-foot distance from other park users
- Wear cloth face covering / mask when within 6 feet of other park users.
- Fish only from shore and piers. Keep 6-foot distance from other anglers.
- Be aware of high-touch points such as trail access gates, benches, bathrooms, etc. Use hand sanitizer.
- THANK YOU for DOING YOUR PART to KEEP PARKS SAFE AND CLEAN for park visitors, park employees, and wildlife.
Frequently Asked Questions
Parks Are Essential - Enjoy Them Safely - Jan. 7, 2021, 1m:00s NEW
County Health Officers: Public Service Announcements
Dr. Erica Pan, MD: Alameda County Visiting Parks During COVID-19 - May 21, 2020, 0m:30s
Dr. Rohan Radhakrishna, MD: (English) Contra Costa County Visiting Parks During COVID-19 - May 21, 2020, 0m:30s
Dr. Aaron Chapman, MD: Mental Health Visiting Parks During COVID-19 - May 21, 2020, 0m:30s
Dr. Rohan Radhakrishna, MD: (Spanish) Contra Costa County Visiting Parks During COVID-19 - May 21, 2020, 0m:30s
COVID-19 Safety Requirements in Parks
Visitor Information: COVID-19 - Apr. 9, 2020, 0m:30s
Carry Out ALL Trash - Mar. 26, 2020, 0m:15s
NO Picnicking, NO Groups - Mar. 26, 2020, 0m:15s
6-foot Distancing - Mar. 26, 2020, 0m:15s
OpenRoad with Doug McConnell - NBC Bay Area
NBC Bay Area: How EBRPD is Keeping Parks Open and Safe During the Pandemic - Aug. 11, 2020, 23m:00s
NBC Bay Area: Wellness & Access for All in Regional Parks - Jul. 2, 2019, 6m:25s