San Mateo County says it will open some trails and parks — including some on the Coastside — beginning May 4. The parks have been closed since March 27 in an effort to keep people from congregating as coronavirus spread through the community.
The county is opening 13 of its 23 parks. Visitors will be required to maintain six feet between themselves and others, to hike single file on narrow trails and to carry a face covering. Some trails may be designated as one way.
Edgewood, Huddart, Wunderlich, San Pedro Valley, Quarry, Pillar Point Bluff, San Bruno Mountain, Mirada Surf West, Junipero Serra Park and Pescadero Creek are among those due to reopen. The segment of the Bay Trail that goes through Coyote Point Recreation Area will be accessible, but the park will remain closed. Ralston Bike Trail, which crosses over Highway 280 and connects bicyclists to Canada Road, will also reopen.
The Devil’s Slide Trail will remain closed to visitors. Fitzgerald Marine Reserve trails will be open for use, but the tidepools closed.
While the parks themselves will open, some parking lots serving them will remain closed. County officials envision users walking to the parks in many instances. Playgrounds and campgrounds will still be closed, as will some restrooms.
The newly reopened parks will be available from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. For a complete list visit the parks department website.