More San Mateo County parks and trails reopen today

More San Mateo County parks and trails reopen today

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San Mateo County reopened more of its parks, parking lots and restrooms today in conjunction with the second phase of easing of COVID-19 restrictions. Devil’s Slide Trail and Flood Park, and parking lots at San Pedro Valley Park in Pacifica and San Bruno Mountain Park in Brisbane, are among the newly reopened parks. A list of open county parks, trails and parking lots can be viewed here. Parks are open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Playgrounds, picnic areas and visitor centers remain closed and all events remain canceled, the county said.

In a statement, San Mateo County Parks Director Nicholas Calderon said staff is cleaning restrooms more often, monitoring trail use and shifting nature programming online. Calderon encouraged visitors to maintain six feet of social distancing and carry face covering.

“Because there are more visitors than usual on trails in all parks, we encourage you to plan your visit and have an alternate location if you discover a full parking lot when you arrive,” Calderon said. “We also suggest that you visit parks early in the day or a few hours before closing at 7 p.m.— these are great times to see deer, lizards, birds and other wildlife.”

San Pedro Valley Park/Photo credit: San Mateo County Parks