The world has shifted a lot in the last year. As we embark on our second spring of the COVID-19 pandemic, please remember that the parks and trails are our shared outdoor space – they should be safe and welcoming places for all. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there has been a sharp rise in hate crimes against people of East and Southeast Asian descent, continuing recently with the murders in Atlanta and closer to home attacks on elders in Oakland, San Francisco and Daly City. This is weighing heavily on our hearts and minds here at the Parks Foundation.
During 2020, there was a lot of focus on keeping parks open, safe and welcoming for visitors. Park rangers had their hands full with cleaning bathrooms, picking up litter, clearing trails and talking with people. That’s only part of the work. San Mateo County Parks has been busy with park plans and projects too. Here are five projects we have our eyes on.