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File #: 20-389    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Miscellaneous Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 5/30/2020 Departments: PARKS COMMISSION
On agenda: 6/4/2020 Final action:
Title: 7.3 Accept the Department's update regarding operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Attachments: 1. San Mateo County Parks COVID19 Reopening Plan_5.19.20.pdf, 2. Face Covering Health Order.pdf
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To: Parks and Recreation Commission
From: Nicholas J. Calderon, Parks Director
Subject: Update regarding Parks Department operations during the COVID-19 pandemic


RECOMMENDATION:
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7.3 Accept the Department's update regarding operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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BACKGROUND:
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the San Mateo County Parks Department strategically closed facilities and amenities that promote the congregation of people and use of high touch surfaces. As part of this effort, 50 percent of restrooms system-wide were closed, and the frequency in which the remaining restrooms were cleaned was increased to every two hours. The Department also closed all playgrounds, picnic sites, and reservation sites, and cancelled all special events. All trails remained open to the public. These actions were implemented in mid-March.

As the virus continued to spread and confirmed cases increased, the Department closed most parks and trails to the public. Parks and trails that remained opened included San Bruno Mountain, Crystal Springs Regional Trail, Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve, Wunderlich Park, Pillar Point Bluff, Quarry Park, Mirada Surf, the Bay Trail through Coyote Point, the Coastal Trail through Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, and Sam McDonald Park. All visitor centers were closed to the public.

During the weekend of March 20 - 22, parks throughout the Bay Area experienced an unprecedented increase in visitors. Crystal Springs Regional Trail saw an increase of almost 300% at the South of Dam trail segment, and Pillar Point Bluff and San Bruno Mountain saw an increase of over 100%. In anticipation of a surge in COVID-19 cases, and in observation of unsafe numbers of people congregating at trailheads and in parking lots and visitors using closed picnic sites and playgrounds the Department closed its parks on March 27. The parks remained closed until May 4.

DISCUSSION
In preparation for its reopening, the Department dev...

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