*Select Parking Lots and Staging Areas Temporarily Closed to Prevent Overcrowding, Maintain Safe Social Distancing
*Trails Remain Open and Accessible on Walk-In, Bike-In Basis.
Thursday, April 9, 2020 (Oakland) – New temporary restrictions at select Regional Park parking lots and staging areas will be enforced this Easter weekend, Saturday/Sunday, April 11-12, 2020, with the goal to reduce crowds anticipated to come to parks this weekend.
“Respectfully, please don’t drive to Regional Parks this Saturday and Sunday of this Easter weekend,” said Park District General Manager Robert Doyle. “We can’t have the huge crowds that we did a few weeks ago.”
“This upcoming weekend, the public should consider staying at home, walking in their neighborhood, or visiting parks on less crowded days or times,” added Doyle. “No picnicking and group activities are allowed by the “Stay-at-Home” orders, which has been in place for the past two weeks.”
The following Regional Parks will be affected with temporary parking area closures for this weekend, April 11-12, 2020:
Trails and open space remain open and accessible to the public (except Mission Peak from the Stanford Avenue Staging Area) on a walk-in and bike-in basis. Some parking lots adjacent to closed picnic areas will also be closed to help maintain safe social distancing.
The COVID-19 public health emergency continues to be a serious, unique, and evolving situation. Due to COVID-19, Regional Parks have been very busy with significant overcrowding at various parks the weekend of March 21-22. To limit overcrowding and help maintain social distancing, the Park District temporarily closed some park areas, including picnic sites, restrooms, water fountains, and parking lots on Friday, March 27, 2020.
While park use has remained very high over the past few weeks, the Park District’s temporary closures of some park areas has helped minimize unsafe crowding and improve social distancing. However, there are concerns that the upcoming Easter weekend may draw large crowds, leading to overcrowding and social distancing challenges. Easter weekend is typically one of the Park District’s busiest of the year.
The Park District continues to keep most park areas open to the public during COVID-19. Local public health agencies have specifically called on the District to keep parks open as much as possible as an essential resource for public health and wellness. Recent “Guidance for Parks as an Essential Service During COVID-19 Pandemic," issued by Contra Costa Health services, in close partnership with Alameda County Health, again acknowledged the “essential” role parks play in public health and wellness, including stress relief.
However, park staffing is limited with most staff, just like the general public, sheltering in place, or working at home due to the COVID-19 health agency “Stay-at-Home” orders.
“Working together we will get through this,” said Park District President Ellen Corbett. “Please follow a few simple rules to keep our parks clean, safe, and open. Thank you for loving our parks and for doing your part.”
“The safety of our employees and our visitors is our first priority,” added Corbett.
Ways visitors can help include:
While there are some park area closures due to COVID-19, most of the Park District’s 125,000 acres of parklands and 1,300 of trails remain open and accessible to the public. However, additional closures may be necessary due to overcrowding or stricter orders from state or local health agencies.
For up-to-date information about COVID-19 park closures, visit www.ebparks.org/coronavirus.
PREVIOUS COVID-19 CLOSURES (STILL IN EFFECT):
Please Note: Visitor Centers, restrooms, water fountains, picnic areas, BBQs, swim facilities/areas, boat ramps, playgrounds, campgrounds, group campsites, backcountry campsites, sports fields, kiosks, and reservable facilities are CLOSED AT ALL PARKS during COVID-19.
Anthony Chabot Regional Park
Ardenwood Historic Farm is CLOSED
Bay Point Regional Shoreline is CLOSED (Due to construction)
Big Break Regional Shoreline
Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve
Briones Regional Park
Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area is CLOSED
Contra Loma Regional park
Coyote Hills Regional Park
Crown Beach Memorial State Beach
Del Valle Regional Park
Diablo Foothills Regional Park
Garin/Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Parks
Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail
Leona Canyon Regional Park
Little Hills Picnic Ranch is CLOSED
Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline
Point Isabel is CLOSED
Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area
Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park
Roberts Regional Recreation Area
Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area
Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve
Sunol Regional Wilderness Preserve is CLOSED
Temescal Regional Recreation Area
Tidewater Boating Center (See MLK Jr. Shoreline)
Tilden Regional Park
Tilden - Regional Parks Botanic Garden
Tilden Nature Area
Wildcat Canyon Regional Park
The East Bay Regional Park District is the largest regional park system in the nation, comprising 73 parks, 55 miles of shoreline, and over 1,300 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and environmental education. 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