Read Parks and Rec COVID-19 Update

(Updated as of 5/27/20)

Parks and Rec Family,

The purpose of this page is to provide you a COVID-19 update and how it impacts the operations of Parks and Rec. Our full-time recreation staff continue to shelter at home with restricted hours. Hopefully you will find the information presented below helpful.

Refund Status

Parks and Rec staff have been working diligently to process refunds for all programs and classes. To date staff have processed all partial/prorated refunds for programs that had started and stopped due to the first shelter-in-place order in addition to all Spring Programs and Classes. 

We DID NOT email out refund receipts after each refund transaction. We were concerned that it may cause some confusion if we did. Instead we would encourage you to sign-in to your CivicRec account to view your transactions. If you would prefer to receive a refund receipt(s) from us, please email us at OrindaParksandRec@CityofOrinda.org and include "Requesting Refund Receipt" in the subject line. 

Refunds Up Next: Summer Camps, Classes and Programs.

Refund Method by Credit Cards: For individuals who have paid with a credit card, it’s important to note that if you were registered for more than one program beginning March 14 through the end of June, you will most likely see multiple refunds back to your card. This is due to the fact that we are refunding registrations by Program/class rather than family accounts.

*If your credit card has changed and would like staff to process a refund to a different card, we will be looking at these refunds separately in order to determine if it’s possible. If we’re not able to process the refund back to a different card we will be processing a refund back with a check.

Refund Method for Checks: For individuals who have paid with cash or checks, it’s important to note that if you were registered for more than one program beginning March 14 through the end of June, you will most likely see one check payment arrive in your mailbox.  

Refund Requests for Summer Camps

We will eventually be withdrawing / refunding all children that are registered for the original summer camp schedule. If parents are wishing to withdrawal their children immediately because they are not choosing the alternative summer programming, please submit the following information to OrindaParksandRec@CityofOrinda.org:

  • Email Subject: Summer Camp Withdrawal Request
  • Body of Email: Name of child(ren), which camps you would like to withdrawal from
Your requests will be processed as soon as possible.

Summer Camp Credit Request

If you plan to register your child(ren) for the modified summer camp schedule please submit the following information to OrindaParksandRec@CityofOrinda.org:

  • Email Subject: Summer Camp Credit Request
  • Body of Email: I wish to receive a credit on my account from my original summer camp registration for (insert children’s names).

The registration fees you have already paid will be converted into a credit and will be available to utilize when registration opens for the new schedule.

*At this moment your child can attend camp if at least one of the parents is an owner, employee, volunteer, or contractor for an essential business, essential governmental function, outdoor business, retail store, manufacturing business, logistics and warehousing facility, or meets one of the Minimum Basic Operations to work as allowed under the County’s Health Order. To see if you qualify as an essential worker please reference: https://covid19.ca.gov/img/essentialcriticalinfrastructureworkers.pdf.

Status for Summer Classes, Programs, Camps, and Events

“Choose Your Own Adventure” Original Summer Camp Schedule is Cancelled

Due to the Contra Costa County’s recent Health Order measures regarding Summer Camps, the City has cancelled all originally scheduled summer camps. These include all camps that were listed in the “Choose Your Own Adventure” Summer Camp Activity Guide. To learn more about our revised Summer Camp Schedule please continue reading.

Youth and Adult Sports, and Adult Classes

Due to health and staffing restrictions, all Adult summer classes, and the City’s Summer Adult Softball leagues have been canceled. Refunds will be processed for these programs in the upcoming weeks.

Spring Orinda Youth Sports (OYS) activities - Baseball/Softball and Spring Soccer - were canceled. A decision regarding Fall OYS Soccer is pending - an update will be provided at a later date.

Summer Concerts and Movies

The annual Movies in the Park and Concerts in the Park series have been cancelled for this year.

Summer Camp Changes Coming Soon…

We intend to offer a select number of 2-week day camps beginning June 22. We realize this is a little less than four weeks away, and that doesn’t leave parents much time to plan. However, by pushing the summer camp start date back an additional three weeks, it is allowing our staff to develop 2-week camps (rather than 1-week) in order to meet the County’s Summer Camp recommendations.

We’re also working with many of our regular summer camp contractors to develop safety protocol and procedures for this modified summer program. Some of these practices will include temperature screenings every day, separate restrooms and outdoor recreation areas for each camp, and more.

We will offer a selection of ½ day (9am-12pm or 1-4pm) camps as well as few all-day camps (9am-3pm), with a variation of being held indoors and some outdoors. Unfortunately the health order prevents us from offering extended care at this time so our department is building a schedule without that component. Each camp will be carried out in stable groups of no more than 12 children with fixed instructors.

We intend to publish an intial schedule by June 5 with registration to commence shortly thereafter. Some of the likely camps could include Skyhawks sports camps, Incrediflix, Paragon Tennis, Mad Science, PlayWell Technologies, and more.

Registration will be prioritized for working parents. The liability waiver will reference the COVID-19 pandemic and no transfers or refunds will be granted once a camp begins. Once registered, parents will receive a copy of the camp safety protocol and it will also be available online.

City Facilities 

What’s Open and What’s Closed?

The updated health order allows for use of shared outdoor facilities for recreational activities outside of residences, including tennis courts and athletic fields, if users comply with any restrictions on access and use established by the Health Officer to reduce crowding and risk of transmission of COVID-19.

Also, sports or activities that include the use of shared equipment or physical contact between participants may only be engaged in by members of the same household or living unit.

Because the use of outdoor recreational areas and facilities with high-touch equipment or that encourage gathering, such as playgrounds, park restrooms, and picnic areas, is prohibited outside of residences, these facilities will remain closed in Orinda parks.

The Orinda Community Center and other City buildings remain closed.

Several athletic fields in Orinda have remained open during the pandemic, as users have appeared to abide by the posted restrictions. However, the synthetic turf fields at Wilder Park have experienced regular violations of the health order and are currently closed and will REMAIN closed.

The tennis courts in Orinda Community Park re-opened on May 4, but are subject to closure if health guidelines are not adhered to.

Picnic Area, Facility/Room, Athletic Field, and Tennis Court Reservations

It is possible that some City facilities may be available for rental this summer if renters abide by certain restrictions and requirements. More information to come.