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Although we are directed to stay home as much as possible, we can go outdoors to exercise. With the support of Sonoma County's leadership, the parks, trails and beaches will remain open.
Although we are directed to stay home as much as possible, we can go outdoors to exercise. With the support of Sonoma County's leadership, the parks, trails and beaches will remain open.

Sonoma County Regional Parks
Community Update 

 

Mar 18, 2020

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Bert Whitaker, Director

Sonoma County Regional Parks 

As our community responds to the evolving coronavirus emergency, the Regional Parks remain open as a public resource under Sonoma County's latest health order. 

Although we are directed to stay home as much as possible, we can go outdoors to exercise. With the support of Sonoma County's leadership, the parks, trails and beaches will remain open and  parking fees will be waved. 

Being able to stay active and benefit from the calming effects of nature is crucial at a time like this, and the parks are open to you for walking, running, hiking and biking.

However, the availability of the parks does not lessen the seriousness of this health emergency. The greater priority is to slow the spread of this disease, and we may consider closing certain parks if visitation nears capacity or appears to contribute to the emergency. 

If you visit, please take steps to protect yourself and others:

  • Keep the minimum recommended social distance of 6 feet or more between yourself and other visitors. ( especially in case someone sneezes or coughs)

  • Be courteous and warn other trail users of your presence to ensure proper distance. Step off trails to allow others to pass. Signal your presence with your voice, bell or horn.

  • Practice personal hygiene — wash hands, carry hand sanitizer, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and avoid high-touch surfaces. 

  • You may find park restrooms out of hand sanitizer or soap. Be prepared before you leave home and time your outings so that you are not dependent on park restrooms. Carry your own sanitizer or soap. If you do use the restrooms, limit occupancy to one person at a time. 

  • Bring your own water — don’t use drinking fountains.

  • Don’t leave trash. Take everything out with you to protect other visitors and park workers.

  • If you are ill or have cold or flu symptoms, please stay home. If you are 65 or older or medically vulnerable, please follow the health directives to stay home. 

To further comply with the shelter in place order, we have closed campgrounds, playgrounds, picnic areas and other gathering spots and suspended non-essential services. Our office is closed, and administrative staff are working remotely. Here is the full list of our closures.

We will need to stay calm and grounded for the challenges ahead. We hope the parks can offer some respite while supporting your health and resiliency.

The SCRP will continue to be in touch and offer suggestions for staying connected to your parks. One resource we'd like to share is our newly expanded wildflower guide. You can download the guide to your phone and refer to it while enjoying spring walks or you can use it simply to read up on some of your local flowers.

California buttercupsGet Your Wildflower Guide

Spring wildflowers are blooming, and we have an updated field guide to help you learn more about your local flowers. Download this easy-to-use-guide to your phone, and take it along on your next hike.

Download your wildflower guide

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