Some Edgewood Park trails converted to one-way to promote social distancing

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UPDATE: Following the publication of this story, San Mateo County Parks announced it was closing all parks until further notice to stop the spread of COVID-19, including Edgewood.

Friends of Edgewood Natural Preserve announced today that some trails have been designated as one-way in order to promote social distancing and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

This will help people avoid crossing paths in narrow places, according to the group that works to protect and restore Edgewood’s unique native habitat and provide natural history programs. The map above shows which trails have transitioned to one-way.

Wider trails such as the Sunset, Serpentine, Old Stage Road and others will operate as usual, as they allow for safe passing distance of six feet. All scheduled, guided walks have been canceled at this time.

Park officials ask visitors to observe all the signs when using the trails. and recommend avoiding the park during the weekends, when trails are crowded.

Along with other parks in the area, Edgewood Park is closing certain parking lots to try and minimize the amount of park traffic.

New restrictions were recently imposed at San Mateo County beaches and parks following record visitation last weekend amid the shelter-in-place order. Parking lots at city and state coastal beaches have been closed to vehicles with the aim of reducing crowds. San Mateo County Parks has closed restrooms, playgrounds, all picnic areas, and visitor centers at all county parks. Flood Park, Friendship Park, Memorial Park, Sanchez Adobe and Woodside Store are completely closed. A full list of guidelines, modifications and parking lot closures are posted at parks.smcgov.org. Information on state parks can be accessed here: parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.

For a trail map, visit the Friends of Edgewood Natural Preserve’s Facebook page.

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