Some California parks and beaches are reopening. Coolers, umbrellas not allowed to many.
Over the weekend, Caifornia began quietly reopening parking lots at 27 state parks and beaches, from Santa Cruz to Lake Tahoe to Orange County. Thirty six of 280 state parks were closed Monday.
Half or less of the parking spaces will be available in most of the reopened lots. The purpose of closing the parks was to deter people from coming from afar and violating the state’s stay-at-home order.
“It’s important that people remember that it won’t be the same when they go exploring the outdoors,” said Gloria Sandoval, assistant director of public affairs for California State Parks.
Even if some parks reopen, she says, the agency encourages people to only visit the parks if they are local, which means parks in your immediate area and not to travel across counties to find spaces. green. The aim is to avoid the influxes of people who she says were seen on the beaches very early on.
âOn a number of our beaches, coolers are no longer allowed on the beach, nor umbrellas,â she said. At some of these beaches, she says visitors are not allowed to lounge or sunbathe in an attempt to keep people at a distance socially. In addition, some parks are setting up one-way trails as a preventive measure.
With nearly 300 parks in the state and various city and county health ordinances, Sandoval says to check website of each park for up-to-date information.
âEveryone has a responsibility to do their homework,â she said. âIf a person or a family goes to a park and there is no more parking space available for them. This means that you will not be able to enter the park. So plan ahead.
Campsites and high-traffic indoor facilities such as museums and visitor centers are still fully closed. Fully closed means toilets and parking lots are closed and no activities – including sunbathing, walking, jogging, or water sports – are allowed.
âI have friends whoâ¦ are already traveling in the Bay Area and other places,â she said. “At the moment, now is not the time to do this.”
As the parks reopen, Sandoval says visitors should understand that they can open with little notice and should expect a different park experience from before COVID-19.
Here are the parks that now have limited parking:
ARS of Lake Oroville
El Dorado County
Ed Z’berg Sugar Pine Point SP
Emerald Bay SP
Folsom Lake SRA (also in Sac County and Placer)
Lake Valley SRA
Washoe Meadows SP
Onyx ranch Nevada County
Donate Memorial SP
Bolsa Chica SB
San Clemente SB
Crystal Cove SB Placer County
Kings Beach SRA
Lac Perris SRA
San Benito County
Hollister Hills SVRA
Santa Cruz County
Henry Cowell Redwoods SP
Nisene Marks SP Forest
Wilder Ranch SP
McArthur-Burney Falls SP Memorial
Armstrong Redwoods SNR
Austin Creek SRA
Jack London SHP
Sugarloaf Ridge SP
British Columbia SHP
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