All Playgrounds Open on Saturday, Nov 7
Updated Wednesday, January 20, 2021
As of Saturday, November 7, San Mateo County Parks will have reopened all of its playgrounds following their closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Previously, on October 24 all playgrounds but the play structure at Flood Park reopened, including popular Magic Mountain at Coyote Point Recreation Area and the new Moss Beach playground. The Flood Park play structure will open on Saturday.
The large slides at the Meadow View playground in Junipero Serra Park will be closed for repairs on Friday, November 6, but will be open by Saturday.
Reopening of playgrounds follows revised outdoor playground guidelines issued by the state on Sept. 28, 2020.
In keeping with California Department of Public Health Guidelines, San Mateo County Park playground entrances state the maximum occupancy of adults and children allowed and play areas are marked to show 6-feet distancing, including play structures. Adults are required to accompany children at all times.
“We’re excited to reopen our playgrounds . . . because we understand how important access to outdoor recreation is especially during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said San Mateo County Parks Director Nicholas Calderon.
Calderon acknowledged that allowing kids back on the play structures took more time than most people anticipated. “Playground safety is foremost; we’re fortunate to have two certified playground safety inspectors on staff to identify structure deficiencies and ensure needed repairs are completed before certification,” said Calderon. Park rangers also fabricated and installed new COVID-19 signage and social distancing markings and have secured a sufficient supply of sanitation supplies.
The playground experience will be different than pre-COVID-19 and parents are encouraged to review the guidelines and prepare children for the “new rules,” which include the wearing face coverings by children two and above while playing, being aware of social distancing markers in play areas and on equipment, and no food or drinks. In addition, families may have to wait to enter if play areas are at maximum capacity when they arrive. Prepare for your visit by reviewing the playground guidelines.