What Top Do While County Parks Are Closed - April 2 2020

Article Source:  San Mateo County Park Foundation

San 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.

“The 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.

Read more from 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.
Nature is essential and it is all around us. We are very lucky to call the Bay Area, and our little slice of it in San Mateo County, home. I, too, am missing our San Mateo County Parks, but I also love exploring my immediate neighborhood. On my urban night hikes, I have seen coyote, listened to owls hoot and had my path lit by a full moon- all while walking along an urban sidewalk.

So let's explore our neighborhoods and see what we discover from the natural world. Soon, the parks will be open again and they will welcome us with open arms. Until then, we will flatten the curve and look out for our neighbors and explore nearby nature!

Michele Beasley, Executive Director
San Mateo County Parks Foundation

P.S. To find a trail map, make a reservation, or learn more about your San Mateo County Parks, visit SMCoParks.org.
Copyright 2020 San Mateo County Parks Foundation, All rights reserved.


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