Proceeding with caution, the City is reopening some parts of its system of parks for public use
effective Friday, May 8
, on the condition that residents maintain physical distance and wear face coverings where required.
The partial reopening applies to open spaces and trails, courts for non-contact sports only, such as tennis and pickleball, the Equestrian Center, Hound Town Dog Park and Cottonwood Golf Center.
Skate parks are not being reopened at this time
, and all parking lots at parks -- with the exception of the Equestrian Center and Hound Town -- will remain closed to discourage groups from gathering.
In keeping with
Governor Newsom's executive orders
, activities that create contact with individuals, fixed objects or shared items, such as picnic tables, barbecues and playgrounds and play structures; activities involving groups; adult or children's team sports; spectator sports; or other similar public or private events and gatherings remain prohibited.
"We believe we can safely do this if everyone commits to using common sense and abiding by a shared sense of community responsibility," explained Dr. Yxstian Gutierrez, Mayor of Moreno Valley. "Our park rangers will continue to monitor park activities, but really this is about being able to trust each other to do the right thing."