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COVID-19 & Wildfire Park and Trail Updates

Notice
Sun Oct. 25 thru Wed. Oct. 28: Regional Parks in East Bay Hills CLOSED Due to Extreme Weather & Fire Dangers.
Parks affected include Anthony Chabot, Claremont CanyonHuckleberryKennedy Grove, Lake Chabot, Leona Canyon, Reinhardt Redwood, Roberts, Sibley, Tilden, and Wildcat Canyon. More Information.

COVID-19 & Wildfire-Related Closures | News | Interactive Map | Safety Rules | FAQ | Videos | Restrooms


Due to the recent extreme fire activity in the region, all Regional Parks were temporally closed, except for some shoreline parks and interpark regional Trails. As of Thursday August 27, most of the Regional Parks have reopened, except for those directly impacted by the fires. Note that, due to COVID-19, some park and facility closures continue to remain in effect. For comprehensive list of park closures, see below.

The pandemic has shown us very clearly that we need parks – now more than ever – as parks and green open space are essential for our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.
County health officers have affirmed that spending time in parks is necessary for health promotion, 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 social distancing requirements are followed.


How EBRPD is keeping parks open and safe during pandemic, 23m:00s

To limit unsafe overcrowding and maintain social distancing, the Park District has temporarily closed some parks and parking lots/staging areas until further notice. However, most parks and trails remain accessible for walking, hiking, biking, and horseback riding.

We are doing everything we can, under the circumstances, to keep parks open and safe as well as educating visitors to please keep the 6-foot distance, wear face masks, and bring trash home. Do not leave trash or dog waste bags on trail.

We need YOUR help! Please keep parks safe for everyone by following all COVID-19 safety requirements. Thank you!


COVID-19 & WILDFIRE-RELATED CLOSURES

ALL Visitor Centers, water fountains, picnic areas, swim facilities/areas, boat ramps, playgrounds, sports fields, campgrounds, group campsites, backcountry campsites, kiosks, and reservable facilities are CLOSED AT PARKS during the pandemic.


Alameda Creek Regional Trail - OPEN

Anthony Chabot Regional Park - CLOSED

  • Family Campground OPEN 50% Capacity. » Camping Reservations. » More Info. 
  • Redwood Canyon Public Golf Course OPEN - More info.
  • All Group Camps, and Picnic Areas CLOSED
  • Chabot Equestrian Center Parking Lot CLOSED (Boarders Only)

Antioch/Oakley Regional Shoreline - OPEN

Ardenwood Historic Farm - CLOSED
Reopening on Nov 18th, by Reservation only. 

Bay Point Regional Shoreline - CLOSED
Due to Construction.

Big Break Regional Shoreline - OPEN

  • Visitor Center CLOSED

Bishop Ranch Regional Open Space - OPEN

Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve - OPEN

  • Parking at Sydney Flat OPEN
  • Upper Parking Lot CLOSED (Walk-In Access Only)
  • 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 - CLOSED

Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve - CLOSED

Contra Loma Regional Park - OPEN

  • Main Entrance / Parking Lot CLOSED (Walk-In Access Only from Frederickson Lane)
  • Swim Lagoon CLOSED
  • Boat Ramp CLOSED (NO Boating / NO Quagga Inspection)

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

  • 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
    • Boaters are required to prepay boat inspection and boat launch at Del Valle.
    • Bring proof of registration to limit touchpoints.
    » Watercraft Launch and Quagga Inspection Registration. Please be advised that your vessel must have a Quagga and Zebra Mussel inspection band in order to launch.
  • Family Campground at 50% Capacity. » Camping Reservations.
  • NO showers available due to renovation of 60-year-old water system.
  • Ohlone Wilderness Trail Remains CLOSED
  • More Info.

Diablo Foothills Regional Park - OPEN

  • Main Entrance CLOSED
  • Limited Parking for Trail Access (Walk-In Access Only)

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 CLOSED at 8pm
  • Visitor Center CLOSED
  • Apple Orchard and Meyer's Garden CLOSED

Hayward Regional Shoreline - OPEN

Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve - CLOSED

Iron Horse Regional Trail - OPEN

Judge John Sutter Regional Shoreline - OPEN Watch video on Dedication of park on 

Kennedy Grove Regional Recreation Area - CLOSED

Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail - OPEN

  • Old Moraga Ranch Trail CLOSED (Due to landslide)

Lake Chabot Regional Park - CLOSED

  • Boat Launching/Fishing by Boat. OPEN 
    » More Info. 
    • Boaters are required to prepay boat inspection and boat launch at Del Valle.
    • Bring proof of registration to limit touchpoints. 
    » Watercraft Launch and Quagga Inspection Registration
  • Lake Chabot Marina Cafe OPEN
  • Boat Rentals 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

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness - OPEN

Leona Canyon Open Space Regional Preserve - CLOSED

Little Hills Picnic Ranch - CLOSED

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.
  • The Ohlone Wilderness trail which heads East from the summit will be blocked off, look for signs posted as CLOSED.

Morgan Territory Regional PreserveCLOSED 
Due to Fire Cleanup.

Ohlone Wilderness Regional PreserveCLOSED

Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline - OPEN

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park - OPEN

Point Isabel Regional Shoreline - OPEN

Point Pinole Regional Shoreline - OPEN

Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area - OPEN

  • Swim Area CLOSED

Radke Martinez Regional Shoreline - OPEN

Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park - CLOSED

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

Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach - OPEN

Roberts Regional Recreation Area - CLOSED

  • Main Entrance at Skyline Blvd. CLOSED (Walk-In Access Only)
  • Swimming Pool and Playground CLOSED

Round Valley Regional Preserve - CLOSED 
Due to Fire Cleanup.

Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area - OPEN

  • Main Entrance at Stanley Blvd. CLOSED (Walk-In Access Only)
  • Swim Area CLOSED
  • Boat Ramp CLOSED (NO Boating / NO Quagga Inspection)

Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve - CLOSED

  • Sibley Backpack Camp -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 Wilderness Regional PreserveCLOSED 
Due to Fire Cleanup.


Sycamore Valley Regional Open Space Preserve - OPEN

Temescal Regional Recreation Area - OPEN

  • South Entrance parking lot CLOSED (Walk-In Access Only)
  • Swim Area & Playground CLOSED

Tilden Regional Park - CLOSED

  • Native Here Nursery OPEN for Curbside Pickup Only. - More info.
  • Tilden Park Golf Course  OPEN - More info.
  • All Picnic Areas Along Lake Anza and Brook Roads CLOSED
  • Fern Picnic Area Parking CLOSED
  • Indian Camp Parking Lot, Playground, and Picnic Area CLOSED
  • Lake Anza Road and Parking Lot CLOSED
  • Lake Anza Swim Area CLOSED. NO Swimming.
  • Lakeview Parking Lot CLOSED
  • Merry-Go-Round CLOSED
  • Mineral Springs Parking Lot CLOSED
  • 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 - CLOSED

  • Tilden Nature Area CLOSED (Walk-In Access Only)
  • Tilden Little Farm CLOSED
  • Environmental Education Center CLOSED
  • Indian Camp Parking Lot CLOSED

Vargas Plateau Regional Park - OPEN 

Waterbird Regional Preserve - OPEN

Wildcat Canyon Regional Park - CLOSED

  • Alvarado Picnic Area and Playground CLOSED

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 poop bags.
  • Plan to do walking, hiking, biking, horseback riding, or fishing. NO swimming, boating, or picnicking.
  • Plan to walk, bike, or fish solo, or with only immediate household members. NO gatherings or meetup groups.

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 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.
  • Wear cloth face covering / mask when within 6 feet of other park users.
  • NO picnicking. All picnic areas are closed.
  • Fish only from shore and piers. Fish solo, or with only immediate household members. Keep 6-foot distance from other anglers. NO gatherings.
  • NO boating / kayaking due to closed quagga inspection stations. 
  • Be aware of high-touch points such as parking payment machines, trail access gates, benches, etc. Use gloves or hand sanitizer.
  • BRING YOUR TRASH HOME and ALL BAGS OF DOG WASTE. NO EXCEPTIONS. Do not leave trash on trail.
  • 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 some 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, picnic, play organized sports, 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, all water fountains, picnic areas, and some restrooms and parking lots are temporarily closed.

Q2: People need parks for health and wellness, so why are some parks temporarily closed?

A: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Shelter-In-Place order, Regional Parks have been busy, most notably the weekend of March 21-22, 2020. To limit overcrowding and help maintain social distancing, the Park District temporarily closed some parks and park areas on Wednesday, March 25. However, most of the Park District’s 125,000 acres of parkland and 1,250 miles of trails remain open and accessible for outdoor activities.

Q3: 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 while walking, biking, and fishing.
  • NO picnicking, gatherings, or meetup groups (only immediate households).
  • PACK OUT YOUR TRASH. Do not leave trash in parks and on trails.
  • Bring water and hand sanitizer. Water fountains in parks 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 restrictions will be enforced.

Q4: How is disabled access affected by the temporary COVID-19 park closures?

A: The safety of the public and park staff is the Park District’s top priority. On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, some parks and park areas were temporarily closed to limit overcrowding and help maintain social distancing. The temporary closures were implemented to minimize the impact of overcrowding to all park users, including persons with disabilities. We understand that these temporary closures may cause some inconveniences and we thank the public for their understanding and cooperation during this time.

Q5. 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. Please continue to visit only parks near your home. Keep a distance of six feet from other park users; No gatherings/meetup groups. No picnicking. Walk, bike or fish solo, or with immediate household members. 

 Q6: Why are some restrooms and water fountains closed?

A: Most restrooms serving trail use have been reopened. However, restrooms serving picnicking and group activities remain closed. Water fountains remain closed for the safety of the public and staff.

Q7: 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 Q5.

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. 

Q8: 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 distancing. 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

County Health Officers: Public Service Announcements


Dr. Erica Pan, MD: Alameda County Visiting Parks During COVID-19, 0m:30s


Dr. Rohan Radhakrishna, MD: (English) Contra Costa County Visiting Parks During COVID-19, 0m:30s


Dr. Aaron Chapman, MD: Mental Health Visiting Parks During COVID-19, 0m:30s


Dr. Rohan Radhakrishna, MD: (Spanish) Contra Costa County Visiting Parks During COVID-19, 0m:30s


COVID-19 Safety Requirements in Parks


Carry Out ALL Trash, 0m:15s


6-foot Distancing, 0m:15s


NO Picnicking, NO Groups, 0m:15s


Visitor Information: COVID-19, 0m:30s


OpenRoad with Doug McConnell - NBC Bay Area


EBRPD responds to COVID-19, OpenRoad NBC Bay Area, How EBRPD is keeping parks open and safe during the pandemic, 23m:00s

 


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