Kenwood Press


Serving the communities of Kenwood, Glen Ellen and Oakmont

email print
News: 05/15/2020

Parks opened a little bit more



Restrictions on outdoor recreation due to COVID-19 were eased by Sonoma County health officials May 12, allowing vehicle traffic into parking lots and opening up some sports facilities.

An earlier health order at the end of April only allowed people to walk or cycle into parks.

The new order still keeps Sonoma Coast parking areas closed to prevent crowding at beaches, but allows residents to walk or bike during limited hours.

The May 12 health order applies to all parks, trails and recreation areas in Sonoma County, including state parks such as Sugarloaf State Park in Kenwood, and Jack London State Historic Park in Glen Ellen. However, as of May 13, managers of those two sprawling outdoor spaces had not yet opened to vehicle parking because they were waiting for the final go-ahead from California State Park officials.(EDITOR'S NOTE: They're now open for vehicles!)

“I feel comfortable reopening some parking lots and recreation as long as we remain diligent about hygiene, social distancing and face coverings,” said county health director Dr. Sundari Mase. “Sonoma County residents have made an extraordinary effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Still, we all must continue to do our part and protect the progress we've made.”

Mase's order encourages people to use parks that are close to home.

Use of “high-touch” equipment in parks is prohibited. This list includes playgrounds, dog parks, outdoor gym equipment, pools, picnic areas, and drinking fountains.

While at the parks, people must practice social distancing and wear face coverings if they come within six feet of other visitors. Park users cannot engage in sports or other activities that involve the use of shared equipment with those who are not part of their household.

Mase warned that in the event of crowding, widespread non-compliance with the health order, or other activities presenting a risk of spreading COVID-19, parks may be closed again.

Parks under the purview of Sonoma County Regional Parks have varying degrees of being open.

Hood Mountain Regional Park's parking lot is open, as is the lot at Sonoma Valley Regional Park in Glen Ellen. However, the dog park is still closed. Both parks have bathrooms open.

Kenwood Plaza Park is now open, as is Shaw Park in Kenwood, though lawn use at Shaw is limited to “individual or household use exercise.”

Spring Lake Regional Park is now open to vehicle parking, though picnicking and barbecuing is not allowed, and the outside gym equipment is closed. Bathrooms are partially open.


Editor & Publisher
Email: alec@kenwoodpress.com

Recently Published:

05/15/2020 - SVCAC reviews Domino’s Pizza proposal
05/15/2020 - Prescribed burn for Van Hoosear Wildflower Preserve
05/15/2020 - Quarryhill opens up to members
05/15/2020 - SV Women's Club campaign for the homeless
05/15/2020 - SVFRA urges residents to plan ahead for fire season
05/15/2020 - Cuclis appointed to climate change panel
05/15/2020 - Glen Ellen-Kenwood Rotary receives $10,000 matching grant
05/15/2020 - Landmark Vineyards donates $35,000 for COVID-19 relief
05/15/2020 - Fire districts working on budgets, finances
05/15/2020 - Transcendence Theatre goes virtual
05/15/2020 - Ticks don't social distance
05/15/2020 - Parks opened a little bit more
05/15/2020 - Structural hardening webinar
05/15/2020 - Glen Ellen salutes those who serve
05/15/2020 - Oakmont golfs again
05/15/2020 - Auction cancelled – KEF makes direct appeal
05/15/2020 - County chipping program available
05/15/2020 - Glen Ellen Resiliency Workshop
05/15/2020 - Supervisors to get update on wine events, traffic impacts
05/15/2020 - Local Restaurants providing take out and/or delivery
05/15/2020 - Food distribution in Kenwood, Glen Ellen
05/01/2020 - Local church services go online
05/01/2020 - Sonoma Valley Trail project receives tourist funds
05/01/2020 - Help SDC get a museum and historic status
05/01/2020 - Attend Glen Ellen Forum meeting online

Community Calendar

Bill & Dave Hikes: Spring Lake, Trione-Annadel
06/06/2020
more...