Mateo County Parks made the difficult decision to close all 23 parks
effective Friday, March 27. The action came following weeks of
unprecedented park visitation and disregard for the shelter in place
and social distancing orders issued by the San Mateo County Health Officer.
decision to close parks is not easy, especially now when people are
looking for outdoor experiences, but the safety of San Mateo County
residents must always be a priority. In that spirit we had to take this
action,” said San Mateo County Parks Director Nicholas Calderon.
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San Mateo County Parks. San Mateo County is not alone in closing their
parks. To see a current list of closures across the Bay Area, visit Bay Nature.
Even though the parks are closed, the Parks Department continues to move major projects forward. One of those projects is the Tunitas Creek Beach Improvement Project. San Mateo County Parks wants to hear from you: What would you like to see at this new public beach and park? Please take this first survey to begin sharing your ideas.We
know how difficult it is to not be able to visit your favorite park
during this time. Thank you for doing your part to help flatten the
curve and prevent the spread of COVID-19 throughout our community.So what about our nature time...? Here are a few suggestions for how to be close to nature while sheltering in place:
- Nature is everywhere. Explore your own neighborhood on foot- there is so much to see that we usually miss when we hop in our car. Take a stroll at night when the moon is full.
- The Bay Trail is accessible by bike and foot from many neighborhoods along San Mateo County's bay shoreline.
- Seeking some visual meditation? The Monterey Bay live webcam is very soothing
- Or check out San Francisco Bay's first osprey camera- the birds are nesting!
- Consider downloading the iNaturalist app to explore, record and share your observations of the natural world from right in your own backyard!
- Tune into NBC Bay Area this Sunday, April 5 at 6:30pm to watch OpenRoad with Doug McConnell: The
voters of all nine Bay Area counties passed regional Measure AA by a
70% margin in 2016 to spend $500 million over twenty years to restore
15,000 acres of San Francisco Bay’s tidal wetlands. This episode will explore how our tax dollars are being used.