Some California parks and beaches are reopening. Coolers, umbrellas not allowed to several.
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 the 280 state parks were closed Monday.
Half or less of the parking spaces will be available in most reopened lots. The purpose of closing the parks was to discourage people from visiting from afar and to violate the state’s stay-at-home order.
“It’s important for people to remember that it won’t be the same when they go out to explore the outdoors,” said Gloria Sandoval, assistant director of public affairs for California State Parks.
Even if some parks are reopening, she says, the agency encourages people to only visit parks if they’re local, which means parks in your immediate area and not traveling across counties to find green spaces. . The aim is to prevent the waves of people she says were seen early on the beaches.
“On a number of our beaches, coolers are no longer allowed on the beach, nor are umbrellas,” she said. At some of these beaches, she says visitors are not allowed to laze or sunbathe in a bid to keep people socially distanced. In addition, some parks set 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 for each park for up-to-date information.
“Everyone has a responsibility to do their homework,” she said. “If 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 like museums and visitor centers are still fully closed. Fully closed means restrooms and parking lots are closed and no activity – including sunbathing, walking, jogging or water sports – is allowed.
“I have friends who … already travel to the Bay Area and other places,” she said. “Right now is not the time to do that.”
As parks reopen, Sandoval says visitors should understand that they may open with little notice and should expect a different park experience than before COVID-19.
Below are the parks that now have limited parking:
Lake Oroville SRA
El Dorado County
Ed Z’berg Sugar Pine Point SP
Emerald Bay SP
Folsom Lake SRA (also in Sac and Placer County)
Lake Valley ARS
Washoe Meadows SP
Onyx Ranch Nevada County
Donner Memorial SP
Bolsa Chica SB
San Clemente SB
Crystal Cove SB Placer County
King’s Beach SRA
Lake Perris ARS
San Benito County
Hollister Hills SVRA
Santa Cruz County
Henry Cowell Sequoias SP
The Forest of Marks of Nisene SP
Wilder Ranch SP
McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial SP
Armstrong Redwoods SNR
Austin Creek SRA
Jack London SHP
SP sugar loaf ridge
PSM of Colombia
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