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John Harris
 

Hi birders,
Today I heard on KCBS that some east bay reservoirs were being closed. Anybody know more about that? Specifically I was wondering about Los Vaqueros, Del Valle, and Bethany.
This is maybe a little out of the area, but since these places are popular with Bay area birders, I'll report that:
Cosumnes Preserve parking lots and trails are open. Nice there today, just a little rain.
Frank Raines Park in Del Puerto Canyon is closed. This wouldn't have a lot of impact on someone birding the canyon, but eliminates a bathroom stop.
John Harris
Oakdale

Lee Aurich
 

Following is the EBRPD official announcement from this morning.

From: East Bay Regional Park District <pubaffs@...>
Subject: Parks & Trails Remain Open; Building Facilities Closed
Date: March 18, 2020 at 10:24:56 AM PDT
Reply-To: pubaffs@...

PARKS AND TRAILS OPEN TO PUBLIC
Building Facilities Closed Through April 7, 2020 
Parks Make Life Better

The health and safety of the public and our staff is our top priority. A “Shelter in Place” order has been issued through Tuesday, April 7, 2020 for six Bay Area counties – San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa, and Alameda – prohibiting non-essential business and directing residents to stay inside their homes and away from others as much as possible.

Based on the “Shelter in Place” order, and by an emergency order of East Bay Regional Park District General Manager, for the health and safety of the public and our employees, Park District environmental education centers, visitor centers, and many of our developed public facilities, including bathrooms, water fountains, and other amenities, are temporarily closed. All Regional Trails are open.

Per the “Shelter in Place” order, outdoor activity is allowed, such as walking, hiking, and running - as long as specific social distancing requirements are followed. Studies show outdoor activity benefits physical health and helps reduce stress and anxiety.

If you do visit a trail in a Regional Park, please follow all Social Distancing Requirements and bring water and hand sanitizer. Due to minimal staffing, bathrooms and water fountains will not be available. Additionally, please do not congregate in parking lots or at trailheads per the “Shelter in Place” social distancing requirements.

“Shelter in Place” Order Social Distancing Requirements: 
  • Maintain at least six-foot social distancing from other individuals 
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as possible, or use hand sanitizer 
  • Cover coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands) 
  • Regularly clean high-touch surfaces 
  • Not shaking hands 

We understand the closure of building facilities and amenities may be challenging. Together we can get through this difficult period and ask our visitors to follow all guidelines. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.  

Temporary closure of some Regional Parks was necessary on Tuesday, March 17, due to limited staffing and to address the “Shelter in Place” order. 

The COVID-19 health emergency is an unprecedented and evolving situation. Please be aware, additional precautions and closures may be necessary.

Please see the FAQ below to answer your most immediate questions. 

Can I visit Regional Parks? 
Yes, however, only trails will be open for use. All building facilities will be closed, including bathrooms, water fountains, and other amenities. Visitors must follow “Shelter in Place” order social distancing requirements (see above). 

What building facilities and amenities are closed? 
Building Facilities: Bathrooms, Water Fountains, Visitor Centers and Facilities, Indoor Rental Facilities, Campgrounds, and Swim Facilities. 

Visitors Centers/Facilities: Ardenwood Historic Farm (Fremont), Big Break Visitor Center (Oakley), Black Diamond Mines Visitor Center (Antioch), Coyote Hills Visitor Center (Fremont), Crown Beach Crab Cove Visitor Center (Alameda), Garin Barn (Hayward), Sunol Visitor Center (Sunol), Tilden Botanic Garden (Berkeley), Tilden Environmental Education Center (Berkeley), Little Farm (Berkeley). 

All Indoor Rental Facilities: Brazilian Room at Tilden Park (Berkeley), Shoreline Room at Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline (Oakland), Fern Cottage at Kennedy Grove (El Sobrante), Beach House at Lake Temescal (Oakland). 

All Campgrounds: Anthony Chabot and Del Valle 

All Swim Facilities: Contra Loma, Cull Canyon, Don Castro, Castle Rock, Lake Anza at Tilden, Lake Temescal, Shadow Cliffs, Robert’s Regional Park, Quarry Lakes 

What can I expect when visiting a Regional Park during the “Shelter in Place” Order? 
Visitors can expect buildings, bathrooms, and water fountains to be closed. There will also be no trash collection, so we are asking all visitors to pack out all trash they bring into Regional Parks (Pack it in, Pack it out). Visitors may also see fewer Park District staff in parks. The Park District will be at minimally required staffing levels while the “Shelter in Place” order is in effect. 

What parks are affected? 
All Regional Parks are affected by the closure of building facilities and amenities. Trails remain open in the following parks.  
Anthony Chabot 
Antioch/Oakley 
Bay Point 
Big Break 
Bishop Ranch 
Black Diamond Mines 
Briones 
Brushy Peak 
Camp Arroyo 
Carquinez Strait 
Castle Rock 
Claremont Canyon 
Contra Loma 
Coyote Hills 
Crockett Hills 
Crown Beach 
Cull Canyon 
Del Valle 
Diablo Foothills
Don Castro 
Dry Creek Pioneer 
Dublin Hills 
Five Canyons 
Garin 
Hayward Regional Shoreline 
Huckleberry Botanic 
Kennedy Grove 
Lake Chabot 
Las Trampas 
Leona Canyon 
Little Hills 
Martin Luther King Jr. 
McLaughlin Eastshore 
Miller/Knox 
Mission Peak 
Morgan Territory 
Ohlone 
Oyster Bay 
Pleasanton Ridge 
Point Isabel 
Point Pinole 
Quarry Lakes 
Radke Martinez 
Reinhardt Redwood 
Roberts 
Round Valley 
San Pablo Bay  
Shadow Cliffs 
Sibley 
Sobrante Ridge 
Sunol 
Sycamore Valley 
Temescal 
Tilden 
Vargas Plateau 
Waterbird 
Wildcat Canyon 
For up-to-date information, visit ebparks.org/coronavirus
For emergencies, call 9-1-1
For non-emergencies, call 510-881-1833
 East Bay Regional Park District |1 (888) EBPARKS info@... www.ebparks.org



On Mar 18, 2020, at 3:19 PM, John Harris <johnh@...> wrote:

Hi birders,
Today I heard on KCBS that some east bay reservoirs were being closed. Anybody know more about that? Specifically I was wondering about Los Vaqueros, Del Valle, and Bethany.
This is maybe a little out of the area, but since these places are popular with Bay area birders, I'll report that:
Cosumnes Preserve parking lots and trails are open. Nice there today, just a little rain.
Frank Raines Park in Del Puerto Canyon is closed. This wouldn't have a lot of impact on someone birding the canyon, but eliminates a bathroom stop.
John Harris
Oakdale