Parks and Rec COVID-19 Update
(Updated as of 12/23/20 - Parks and Recreation is strictly adhering to the guidelines of Contra Costa County Health as it relates to all activities and rentals. To learn more about these guidelines, visit https://www.coronavirus.cchealth.org/)
COVID-19 Update to Our Orinda Parks and Rec Family:
Due to the dwindling supply of hospital beds for patients who need intensive care in the Bay Area, the state has applied a regional stay-at-home order across the nine-county region to slow the spread of COVID-19 and prevent the region's hospitals from becoming overwhelmed.
Contra Costa and five other Bay Area jurisdictions used local health orders to enact all of the features of the state order at the beginning of December, before local hospitals were critically impacted. The state order went into effect in the Bay Area, including Contra Costa, at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, December 17. At that time, Contra Costa lifted its local order because it became redundant with the state's. The state's regional stay-at-home order lasts a minimum of three weeks. To read the state's stay-at-home order, click here.
Status for Winter Classes, Programs and Events
Though our fall programming schedule is evolving to be vastly different than previous year's, Orinda Parks and Rec is still looking for ways to provide modified programming that adheres to the latest Health Orders from Contra Costa County (CCC) and aligns with recommendations from the State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As a result, we're sad to say that we will not be publishing a Winter / Spring Activity Guide this year. For those interested in the status of classes / programs that typically occurred during this time, please review the following list below for more information:
For updated OYS Programming information click here.
In-person Youth Classes and Programs
Orinda Parks and Rec is offering a very limited number of offerings, all adhering to Contra Costa County health guidelines. To view a list of current programs, click here.
In-person Adult Classes and Programs
Any in-person adult programming offered through the Orinda Parks and Recreation Department is cancelled at this time. In the event we're able to start scheduling out-door, in-person adult programs, we will communicate that information to the community.
City Facilities / What’s Open and What’s Closed?
We understand it can be confusing to follow what's open and closed for public and private facilities. We've received questions lately from community members about the status of City facilities and sports facilities here in Orinda. Please review the information below to find out more:
The State of CA approved re-opening playgrounds at the beginning of December in order to facilitate physically distanced personal health and wellness through outdoor exercise. To view the guidelines issued previously by the State of California click here.
Orinda Parks and Rec is asking the community for support in adhering to the practices noted below as we do not have enough staff to enforce them - Help Us Help You Play Safe. Signage indicating usage rules designed to keep people safe from the spread of COVID-19 will be posted. These rules include the following:
- Face masks over the mouth and nose are required for everyone 2 years of age or older, with caregiver supervision at all times to ensure face mask use.
- Do not use the playground when different households are unable to maintain a physical distance of 6 feet.
- Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet between children and adults from different households, including children using or waiting to use play structures or play areas, and families waiting to enter the playground.
- Parents/Caregivers must monitor to keep adults and children from different households at least 6 feet apart.
- Elderly and persons with underlying medical conditions should avoid playground when others are present.
- Consider coming on different times or days to avoid wait times and potential crowded times.
- Wash or sanitize hands before and after using the playground
The tennis courts located in the Orinda Community Center Park are currently open and available for drop-in play, and reservations. The practice court is not being used by any department programming at this time. If you wish to reserve a tennis court, click here to learn how.
All natural grass sports fields are currently open for use by families that are within the same household. The artificial turf fields at Wilder (Fields 1, 2, and 4) are closed to the general public. The City has permitted use of sports fields, which includes artificial turf fields at Wilder, to Summer Camp programs and some youth sports groups since they have fallen under the "summer camp" category within the County's Health Orders. In order to be authorized, groups have been required to submit and follow detailed protocol that meets or exceeds state and county guidelines. Right now, the fall months remain uncertain. Unless the Health Order's change, we anticipate the possibility of permitting use to groups who can provide written protocol and procedures that adhere to current county health and CDC guidelines. These guidelines include the allowance of small, stable groups of 12 people or less, health screenings for players and coaches, requirements for social distancing, PPE, and shared equipment, and more.
Picnic Area, Facility/Room, Athletic Field, and Tennis Court Reservations
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