After closing completely to attend to the CZU Lightning Complex Fire, San Mateo County Parks have returned to Phase II of the COVID-19 park management plan. Thirteen of the County’s 23 parks are now open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Most park rangers had been assigned to Pescadero Creek County Park to assist CalFire in containing the wildfire. Park rangers cut fire fuel breaks, created defensible space around critical infrastructure and made sure people stayed out of harm’s way.
To Our Parks Family, These last few weeks have left many of us reeling as we collectively mourn for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and too many others who have had their lives cut short. This, in the midst of a global pandemic that has kept us isolated at home cut off from people and parks for months. We are living through a difficult and pivotal moment in history and each of us is being called upon to bring our highest and best selves to the table to address these most pressing issues and injustices.