We believe connecting people to nature and outdoor open spaces is more important than ever during this unprecedented pandemic, as being in nature provides important personal physical and mental health benefits. Studies show outdoor activity helps reduce stress and anxiety. If you feel the need to reduce the stresses of sheltering in place, please enjoy the trails in a safe and healthy manner while practicing social distancing, and remember public gathering is not allowed during this Public Health Order.
The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department has announced that all County buildings and facilities will be closed to the public except for those offering essential services, effective Monday, March 16 through April 7, in an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Santa Clara County Parks is providing an update on closures, programming, and events.
Out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with guidance from County and State officials to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Santa Clara County Parks is implementing the following changes effective as of March 16 through April 7, 2020:
- All Santa Clara County Parks buildings and indoor facilities will be closed to the public.
- All Special events are canceled. Outdoor closures consist of Field Sports Park, Metcalf Motorcycle Park, Calero, Stevens Creek and Lexington Reservoirs, archery ranges and disk golf courses, our dog parks at Vasona, Los Gatos Creek and Ed Levin, all campgrounds, museums, visitor centers, group sites, yurts, golf courses, and playgrounds.
- County Parks and trails will remain open as outdoor-only areas during regular hours of dawn to dusk. Outdoor restrooms will be available except for Rancho San Antonio Park. This restroom is closed. Continue to enjoy the trails in a safe and healthy manner while practicing social distancing. Per the Public Health Order, do not use the park system to gather.
- All programming in Santa Clara County Parks are temporarily suspended. This includes all recreational programs, instructional classes, ranger and interpretive led programs.
- New reservations of facilities remain suspended.
We hope these extraordinary efforts will help with the County and global effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. We know that you rely on our programs as consistent and crucial resources. We appreciate your support and understanding as we adapt to this fluid situation.
At Santa Clara County Parks, we believe that the health and safety of our program participants, park guests, team members, and community are the top priority. We are working closely with the Santa Clara County Public Health Department to ensure that our Parks community receives credible information and guidance during this challenging time.
We encourage you to visit the Public Health website for information and guidance, available in multiple languages, on COVID-19. We also strongly encourage you to take everyday actions to prevent the spread of germs:
- Stay home when sick. Stay home for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Limit close contact with people who are sick.
- Continue social distancing of 6 feet from another person.
- No public gathering.