March 26, 2020
First and foremost, I want to extend my appreciation to those in our community on the front lines fighting this global pandemic, keeping our neighbors healthy and safe. And we strongly believe that connecting people to nature and outdoor open spaces is more important than ever.
We must all do our part to keep as many of our parks open, while protecting the safety of yourself, your family, your community and our staff. If physical distancing cannot be followed, our parks very well could close. We must all do our part to #keepparkssafe.
GO SOLO OR WITH YOUR FAMILY UNIT
- Going outdoors is for your physical and mental health, not for socializing.
- Stay 6 feet away from people you do not live with. Yield to others and maintain a safe distance.
- Choose less frequented parks and trails. Check park agency websites for recommendations.
- Do not park in a crowded parking lot or use a crowded trail.
- Do not hold social or family gatherings at parks (i.e., picnics).
STAY CLOSE TO HOME AND AVOID CROWDS
- Look for nearby nature to enjoy in your own neighborhood; this is a time to rediscover your neighborhood.
- Some parking lots are closed; don't drive and you'll get more exercise.
- Visit nature virtually; there are many options online.
STAY SAFE AND HEALTHY
- Do not visit parks, or areas in a park, that have been closed.
- Many restrooms and facilities are closed; plan ahead before leaving home.
- Shorten your visit to give others the opportunity for a safe experience.
- Stay home if you or someone in your household are sick.
- Leave no trace. Garbage collection is limited; pack out what you pack in.
We must work together to keep our parks open for the enjoyment of all and continue to build resilience within our communities.
Don Rocha, Director
Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department