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San Mateo County Parks set to slowly open, starting May 4

Photo by TechnologyHiker

Photo by TechnologyHiker

Thank you for doing your part to keep parks safe and healthy for all. Please keep it up! Across the region, the vast majority of park and trail visitors have done so responsibly. In San Mateo County, we have an opportunity to make the parks welcoming, comforting and healing places to be and to share with others.

The Bay Area shelter-in-place order was extended through the end of May. However, there will be some incremental openings, including our San Mateo County Parks!

Monday, May 4 marked when the San Mateo County Parks Department began to slowly reopen trails in 13 of their 23 parks in a phased approach. If a park is not mentioned below, that means it remains closed in Phase 1.

Phase 1 involves opening the following parks in a measured fashion:

  • Crystal Springs Regional Trail will be open and accessible to pedestrians only. Rangers will staff the trailheads and inform visitors that bicycles are not allowed during this period. Includes the Sawyer Camp and San Andreas trail segments
  • The Bay Trail through Coyote Point is open, but the park itself will remain closed.
  • The trails at Huddart Park and Edgewood Preserve will be open to hikers, runners and horseback riders, and when feasible, will be one-directional.
  • Trails at Wunderlich Park will be open to hikers, runners and horseback riders on a bi-directional basis.
  • The trails at Memorial Park, Sam McDonald Park, Pescadero Creek Park, and the Loma Mar Redwoods will be open to hiking, running and horseback riding, and when feasible, will be one-directional.
  • The trails at San Pedro Valley, Quarry Park, and Pillar Point Bluff will be open to the public, and when feasible, will be one-directional. Mirada West, the Dardanelle Trail, and the Jean Lauer Trail will be open in a bi-directional manner.
  • The trails at San Bruno Mountain and Junipero Serra Park will be open to the public via walk in traffic, and when feasible, will be one-directional. Radio Road on San Bruno Mountain will be closed to vehicular traffic, but open to cyclists.

Please note that not all restrooms will be open in Phase 1. Please plan ahead. Restrooms will be closed at Edgewood, Huddart, Wunderlich and all the parks in the Pescadero Creek complex. Parking lots will remain closed at San Bruno Mountain and Junipero Serra Park.

As a reminder, the following remain closed during Phase 1:

  • Tidepools at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve
  • All playgrounds and picnic areas
  • Bicycle Sunday

Park rangers will post directional signage at trailheads and trail junctions informing users which direction they should be traveling. Maps will be posted with directional arrows at main parking lots and will become available on San Mateo County Parks’ website.

Moving to Phase 2 will depend on whether increased park usage can occur without jeopardizing the health and well-being of park visitors and park rangers. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation! Together, we have stepped up by staying home. Let’s continue to look out for our neighbors, stay 6 feet away from others and know and follow trail etiquette.

 

The San Mateo County Parks Foundation is the nonprofit partner to the San Mateo County Parks Department. Our mission is to inspire people to care for, learn about and enjoy San Mateo County Parks. Join us!

 

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