San Mateo County reopens 14 of its 23 parks

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San Mateo County has opened 14 of its 23 parks following a full-closure of parks related to the CZU Lightning Complex fires, the county announced Thursday.

Open Parks (open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

Closed Parks

At open parks, drop-in picnic sites are open for use by single households only. Those using them are asked to bring reusable table coverings for picnic tables, to bring and use hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes, and to clean up after themselves.

Group picnics cannot involve multiple households. Playgrounds, reservation picnic areas and visitor centers remain closed.

In a statement, San Mateo County Parks Director Nicholas Calderon said his agency’s goal is to keep parks open as much as possible due to the “physical and mental benefits of being outdoors and connecting with nature, especially during this extraordinary period in our history and our lives.”

Calderon said staff is focusing on sanitation of facilities and asks park goers to socially distance.

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