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COVID-19 Park and Trail Updates

COVID-19 Related Closures | Interactive Park Map | Safety Rules & Guidelines | FAQ | Videos


People need parks – now more than ever – as they are viewed as essential for public health and wellness, especially stress relief. Current state and local “Stay-at-Home” orders allow for “outdoor recreation activities” as an “essential activity” as long as social distancing requirements are followed. Additionally, local health agencies have asked the Park District to keep parks open as much as possible.

To limit unsafe overcrowding and maintain social distancing, the Park District has temporarily closed some parks and parking lots/staging areas until further notice. The Reservations Department is currently not taking any new reservations at this time. 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 while also limiting overcrowding and educating visitors to keep the 6-foot distance, to wear face masks, and to keep dogs on leash at all times* (*Except Pt. Isabel). However, we need YOUR helpPlease follow all COVID-19 safety rules and guidelines while at parks. Please BRING YOUR TRASH HOME! Keep parks safe for park employees and park visitors.


COVID-19 RELATED CLOSURES

Please Note:

  • Parks not listed below are OPEN with Parking Lots and Trails available for use. See Map.
  • 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.

Anthony Chabot Regional Park

  • Marciel Gate CLOSED
  • Family Campground, all Group Camps, and Picnic Areas CLOSED
  • Chabot Equestrian Center Parking Lot CLOSED (Boarders allowed to care for horses)
  • Skyline Stables CLOSED (Boarders allowed to care for horses) 

Ardenwood Historic Farm is CLOSED (NO Walk-In Access) 

Bay Point Regional Shoreline is CLOSED (Due to construction. NO Walk-In Access)

Big Break Regional Shoreline

  • Visitor Center CLOSED

Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve

  • Parking at Sydney Flat OPEN
  • Upper Parking Lot CLOSED (Walk-In Access Only)
  • Mine, Greathouse Visitor Center & Sydney Flats Visitor Center CLOSED

Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area is CLOSED (NO Walk-In Access) 

Contra Loma Regional Park

  • 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

  • Visitor Center CLOSED
  • Group Camp CLOSED

Crown Beach Memorial State Beach

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

Del Valle Regional Park

  • Trail access only available at the top of Del Valle Road.
  • No Walk-in Access to the Recreation Area of park.
  • Day-use area and campground remain CLOSED
  • Arroyo Staging Area OPEN
  • Visitor Center CLOSED
  • NO Swimming allowed.
  • Boat Ramp CLOSED (NO Boating / NO Quagga Inspection)

Diablo Foothills Regional Park

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

Garin/Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Parks

  • Entry Gates at Both Parking Lots CLOSED at 8pm
  • Visitor Center CLOSED
  • Apple Orchard and Meyer's Garden CLOSED

Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail

  • Old Moraga Ranch Trail CLOSED (Due to landslide)

Lake Chabot Regional Park

  • Lake Chabot Marina Cafe OPEN
  • Boat Ramp CLOSED (NO Boating / NO Quagga Inspection) 

Little Hills Picnic Ranch is CLOSED (NO Walk-In Access) 

Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline

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

Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area

  • Swim Area CLOSED
  • Boat Ramp CLOSED (NO Boating / NO Quagga Inspection)

Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park

  • Piedmont Stables CLOSED (Boarders allowed to care for horses)

Roberts Regional Recreation Area

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

Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area

  • Main Entrance at Stanley Blvd. CLOSED (Walk-In Access Only)
  • Swim Area CLOSED
  • Boat Ramp CLOSED (NO Boating / NO Quagga Inspection)
Sunol Wilderness Regional Preserve
  • Sunol Visitor Center CLOSED
  • “NO Swimming” is ENFORCED

Temescal Regional Recreation Area

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

Tilden Regional Park

  • 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
  • Native Here Nursery OPEN FOR CURBSIDE PICKUP ONLY
  • South Park Drive CLOSED (NO vehicle traffic: Walk-In and Bike-In Access Only)
  • Steam Trains/Golden Gate Live Steamers CLOSED

Tilden - Regional Parks Botanic Garden

Tilden Nature Area

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

Wildcat Canyon Regional Park

  • 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 Stay-At-Home 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 Stay-At-Home order. Stay close to your home and only visit parks near you. Check the list 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.
  • Keep dogs ON LEASH at ALL times in ALL parks* (where allowed. *Except Pt. Isabel)
  • 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 Stay-at-Home 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 Stay-at-Home 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.
  • Keep dogs ON LEASH at ALL times in ALL parks* (where allowed. *Except Pt. Isabel)
  • 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 is the Park District requiring dogs be on-leash*?

A: The Park District is proud to be one of the most dog-friendly organizations in the nation. We need dog owners’ help to keep parks open and safe. For the safety of all park visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Park District is requesting that dogs be on-leash at ALL times in ALL parks (except Point Isabel) to help prevent crowding and interaction between unrelated park visitors. Unleashed dogs tend to group together, which leads to less social distancing between their owners. *Except Pt. Isabel.

Q7: 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.

Q8: 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. 

Q9: 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


Carry Out ALL Trash


6-foot Distancing


NO Picnicking, NO Groups.


Visitor Information: COVID-19

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