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COVID-19: Parks Open / Parks Closed

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In 2020, amidst the pandemic, EBRPD parks experienced full or partial closures. While many parks have since reopened, some parks and facilities remained closed. For a comprehensive list of park/facility closures, see below. 

The pandemic has shown us very clearly that we 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 “Shelter-in-Place” 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. 


How EBRPD is keeping parks open and safe during pandemic - Aug. 11, 2020, 23m:00s


We are doing everything we can to keep parks open and safe as well as educating visitors to wear face masks, keep the 6-foot distance, and bring trash home. Do not leave trash or dog waste bags on trails. We need YOUR help! Please keep parks safe for everyone, including park employees, by following all COVID-19 safety requirements and park regulations. Thank you!


PARK UPDATES

EBRPD Headquarters at Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland and Visitor Centers in the regional parks are CLOSED  due to the pandemic. All water fountains (except bottle fillers), reservable picnic areas, swim facilities/areas, group campsites, and reservable facilities are CLOSED at parks.

LATEST

  • Camping reopened on Thursday, February 11,
  •  Starting on Thursday, February 18, Ardenwood Farm, Tilden's Little Farm, & Regional Parks Botanic Garden will reopen.
  •  All the above reopen with limited capacity on a reservation-only basis. Click here to register.

Alameda Creek Regional Trail - OPEN

Anthony Chabot Regional Park - OPEN

  • Family Campground - OPEN 
    50% Capacity. » 
    Camping Reservations
    »
     More Info. 
  • All Group Camps CLOSED
  • All Staging Areas and Trailhead Parking - OPEN

Antioch/Oakley Regional Shoreline  - OPEN

Ardenwood Historic Farm - CLOSED

  • We are welcoming visitors back to the farm beginning February 18, 2021.
    • Advance registration is required.
    • Registrations can be made at EBParksOnline.org.

Bay Point Regional Shoreline - OPEN 

Big Break Regional Shoreline - OPEN

  • Visitor Center CLOSED

Bishop Ranch Regional Open Space - OPEN

Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve - OPEN

  • Mine, Greathouse Visitor Center & Sydney Flats Visitor Center CLOSED

Briones Regional Park - OPEN

Brushy Peak Regional Preserve - OPEN

Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline - OPEN

Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area - OPEN

Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve  - OPEN

Contra Loma Regional Park - OPEN

  • Main Entrance OPEN
  • Swim Lagoon CLOSED
  • Boat Launch/Fishing by Boat OPEN

Coyote Hills Regional Park - OPEN

  • Visitor Center CLOSED
  • Group Camp CLOSED

Crockett Hills Regional Park - OPEN

Crown Beach Memorial State Beach - OPEN

  • Crab Cove Visitor Center CLOSED
  • McKay Parking Lot CLOSED (Walk-In Access Only) 

Cull Canyon Regional Recreation Area - OPEN

Del Valle Regional Park  - OPEN

  • Del Valle Visitor Center - CLOSED
  • West Side parking lot - CLOSED
  • Family Campground - OPEN at 50% Capacity. » Camping Reservations.
  • Day-Use, East Side only at reduced capacity
  • NO potable drinking water available.
    Please plan ahead and bring drinking water
  • Boat Rentals
  • Boat Launching/Fishing by Boat - OPEN
  • NO showers / NO restrooms – only portable toilets.
  • NO sewage dump station
  • RV hookups – only electric (please bring any water you will use during your campout with you)
  • Ohlone Wilderness Trail - OPEN
  • More Info.

Diablo Foothills Regional Park - OPEN 

Don Castro Regional Recreation Area - OPEN

Dublin Hills Regional Open Space Preserve - OPEN

Five Canyons Regional Open Space Preserve - OPEN

Garin/Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Parks - OPEN

  • Entry Gates at Both Parking Lots CLOSES at 6pm
  • Visitor Center CLOSED
  • Apple Orchard and Meyer's Garden CLOSED

Hayward Regional Shoreline - OPEN

Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve - OPEN

Iron Horse Regional Trail - OPEN

Judge John Sutter Regional Shoreline - OPEN
  »
Watch virtual video dedication

Kennedy Grove Regional Recreation Area  - OPEN

Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail - OPEN 

Lake Chabot Regional Park  - OPEN

  • Boat Launching/Fishing by Boat. OPEN 
  • Public boat launch and boat inspections are OPEN for non-powered car top vessels. 
    Hours: Mon
    . 10am-4pm, Tue. 10am-4pm, Wed. 8am-4pm, Thu. 8am-4pm, Fri. 7am-4pm, Sat. 8am-4pm, Sun. 8am-4pm
  • Lake Chabot Marina Cafe OPEN
  • Boat Rentals OPEN
  • Redwood Canyon Public Golf Course - OPEN 
    » 
    More info.

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness - OPEN

Leona Canyon Open Space Regional Preserve - OPEN

Little Hills Picnic Ranch - OPEN Seasonally

Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline - OPEN

  • Shoreline Center CLOSED
  • Tidewater Outdoor Recreation Office CLOSED
  • Tidewater Oakland Strokes Operations OPEN

McLaughlin Eastshore State Park - OPEN

Miller-Knox Regional Shoreline - OPEN

Mission Peak  Regional Preserve - OPEN

  • The westside trails starting at Ohlone and Stanford entrances are OPEN.

Morgan Territory Regional Preserve - OPEN

Ohlone Wilderness Regional Preserve OPEN

Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline - OPEN

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park - OPEN

Point Isabel Regional Shoreline - OPEN

Point Pinole Regional Shoreline - OPEN

  • Shuttle Service is Suspended until further notice.

Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area - OPEN

  • Boat Launching/Fishing by Boat OPEN
  • Swim Area CLOSED

Radke Martinez Regional Shoreline - OPEN

Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park OPEN

  • Piedmont Stables CLOSED (Boarders Allowed to Care for Horses)

Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach - OPEN

Roberts Regional Recreation Area OPEN

  • Main Entrance OPEN
  • Swimming Pool CLOSED

Round Valley Regional Preserve - OPEN

Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area - OPEN

  • Swim Area CLOSED
  • Trailered boat launch is CLOSED
  • Boat Launching/Fishing by Boat is OPEN, HAND LAUNCH ONLY
  • No trailered watercraft due to low water levels
  • Car top, Kayaks, and float tubes will be accepted

Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve OPEN

  • Sibley Backpack Camp - OPEN
    Reservations can be made by phone only at 1 (888) 327-2757, option 2: Mon. - Fri. 10am-3pm. • More Info.

Sobrante Ridge Botanic Regional Preserve - OPEN

Sunol Regional Wilderness - OPEN 

Sycamore Valley Regional Open Space Preserve - OPEN

Temescal Regional Recreation Area - OPEN

  • Swim Area CLOSED

Tilden Regional Park OPEN

  • Native Here Nursery CLOSED. Curbside Pickup Only. - More info.
  • Tilden Park Golf Course OPEN - More info.
  • All Picnic Areas Along Lake Anza and Brook Roads OPEN
  • Fern Picnic Area Parking OPEN
  • Lake Anza Road and Parking Lot OPEN
  • Lake Anza Swim Area CLOSED. NO Swimming.
  • Lakeview Parking Lot OPEN
  • Merry-Go-Round CLOSED
  • Mineral Springs Parking Lot OPEN
  • South Park Drive CLOSED (NO vehicular traffic: Walk-In and Bike-In Access Only)
  • Steam Trains/Golden Gate Live Steamers CLOSED

Tilden - Regional Parks Botanic Garden - CLOSED

Tilden Nature Area - OPEN

  • Tilden Little Farm is OPEN BY REGISTRATION ONLY 
    • Registration ONLY » To register Click HERE
  • Environmental Education Center CLOSED

Vargas Plateau Regional Park - OPEN 

Waterbird Regional Preserve - OPEN

Wildcat Canyon Regional Park OPEN


SAFETY RULES & GUIDELINES IN PARKS
For your safety and ours during COVID-19 Pandemic

HELP US KEEP THE REGIONAL PARKS SAFE BY COOPERATING with the statewide Shelter-In-Place order and park rules. Please do the following to protect yourselves, other park visitors, and park staff during COVID-19 pandemic:

BEFORE HEADING OUT TO THE PARKS

  • Please observe the statewide Shelter-In-Place order. Stay close to your home and only visit parks near you. Check the list above of regional park closures and parking restrictions. See Map.
  • Download a Park Map before leaving 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.
  • Plan to do walking, hiking, biking, horseback riding, boating or fishing.
  • Swimming is not available due to COVID-19 restrictions and seasonal closures.
  • Plan to walk, bike, or fish solo, or with only immediate household members.
  • NO gatherings or meetup groups (only established social bubbles of 12 or fewer).

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.
  • Upon arrival by foot, bike, or car, and you observe that a parking lot is full, or a trail is crowded, please come back at another time when the park or trail is less crowded.
  • Keep a 6-foot distance from other park users. Walk or bike solo, or with only immediate household members. NO gatherings or meetup groups (only established social bubbles of 12 or fewer).
  • Wear cloth face covering / mask when within 6 feet of other park users.
  • Fish only from shore and piers. Fish solo, or with only immediate household members. Keep 6-foot distance from other anglers. NO gatherings or meetup groups (only established social bubbles of 12 or fewer).
  • Be aware of high-touch points such as trail access gates, benches, etc. Use gloves or hand sanitizer.
  • THANK YOU for DOING YOUR PART to keep parks SAFE AND CLEAN for park visitors, park employees, and wildlife.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q1: With COVID-19 being a public health emergency, why are parks still open?

A: One of the biggest challenges during this unprecedented pandemic is the requirement of isolating ourselves at home. The Park District confers daily with Alameda and Contra Costa County Health Departments, and they have specifically asked us to keep Regional Parks and trails open as long as park users can responsibly practice social distancing and not gather, congregate, (only established social bubbles of 12 or fewer are allowed), etc. Parks are a respite for health and healing, and we are keeping many parks open despite major staffing limitations. During the COVID-19 health emergency, some facilities and parks may be temporarily closed. See full list above. 

Q2: How can the public help keep parks open?

A: The Regional Parks have been very busy during the COVID-19 pandemic and Shelter-In-Place order as people are looking to get outdoors for exercise and stress relief. We are proud that the Regional Parks are well-loved and seen as essential to health and wellness. However, we need YOUR HELP to keep parks open, safe, and clean!!

WAYS YOU CAN HELP include:

  • Wear cloth face coverings/masks as recommended by the CDC.
  • Maintain 6 feet social distance from other park users.
  • NO gatherings, or meetup groups (only established social bubbles of 12 or fewer).
  • PACK OUT YOUR TRASH. Do not leave trash and dog waste bags on trails.
  • Bring water and hand sanitizer. Many water fountains, except bottle fillers, are temporarily closed to stem the spread of virus.
  • Park vehicles properly, safely, and respect park neighbors and park staff. Do not block driveway, roadway, emergency exit, or service access road. Parking rules/restrictions will be enforced.

Q3. Why do I need to wear a face mask in parks and on trails?

A: The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings /masks in public settings where social distancing of 6 feet is difficult to maintain. The face mask can protect the wearer from becoming infected. It can also prevent transmission by the wearer who may have the virus but don’t know they have it.

The face masks don’t need to be medical grade. According to the CDC, cloth face coverings will work. They should cover your nose and mouth; fit snugly but comfortably; be secured with ties or ear loops. They should include multiple layers of fabric, allow for breathing, and can be laundered, and machine dried without damage or shrinkage. A bandanna folded into several layers is adequate.

Wearing a face mask does not replace social-distancing measures. Keep a distance of six feet from other park users; No gatherings/meetup groups (only established social bubbles of 12 or fewer).

 Q4: Why are some water fountains closed?

A: Most water fountains remain closed, except bottle fillers, to stem the spread of virus for the safety of the public and staff.

Q5: How do I maintain social distance on narrow trails?

A: All trail users, please cooperate by stepping aside, with 6 feet of space, to let each other pass.

Wear a face mask on trails to protect yourself and others from the virus. See Q3.

On narrow or crowded trails, walk single file and consider backtracking to a wider area to allow other trail users to pass safely. Runners and cyclists who "more forcefully expel airborne particles" please take extra steps to avoid exposing others. Wear a face mask and slow down to maintain 6-foot social distancing. 

Q6: How do I maintain social distance at staging areas and parking lots?

A: At busy parking lots and staging areas, visitors may need to take turns getting out of cars to maintain the 6-foot distance. This includes waiting and stepping aside when entering trails and parkland areas at busy or crowded entry points.  Wear face masks to protect yourselves and others. 


VIDEOS


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


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