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The COVID-19 pandemic has shined a spotlight on the value of public parks and open spaces as a resource for both physical exercise and mental wellbeing. As Marin County eases restrictions on car parking and other motorized vehicle access, many are wondering which parks are open and closed during the shelter-in-place.
Through the One Tam partnership, The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy has worked with Marin's largest public land managers to create the above map showing the current high-level access information on various public lands. Above you will see the four tiers of access and closure - as of May 28th - on lands cared for by the California State Parks, Marin County Parks and Open Space District, Marin Municipal Water District and Golden Gate National Recreation Area (including Muir Woods). Further loosening of restrictions by health officials, effective June 1, is now reflected on the map. Notably, both the Water District and Marin County Parks and Open Space lands have seen parking restrictions lifted. Since the regulation change, most of the Point Reyes National Seashore, the northern segments of the GGNRA and many of the State Park lands in Marin have become accessible.
The above map is intended to provide a broad overview of current access regulations for Mt. Tamalpais, waterfront parklands and greater Ma.rin County, but it does not include all public spaces. Lands managed by cities, towns, and other independent agencies are not included at this time.
Park visitors should continue to monitor the latest public safety information from the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services for safety updates and current guidelines for preventing the spread of Coronavirus, including updates to the June 1 park access guidance. The links below offer more detail on access related to the five One Tam partner agencies, as well as the Point Reyes National Seashore. Information found on the agency websites may be more current than the above map. Please visit our partner agency websites when planning your visit.
Partner Agency Updates:
- Marin County Parks location-specific information
- Golden Gate National Recreation Area facilities closure list
- Marin Municipal Water District service and access information
- California State Park COVID-19 Resource Center
- Point Reyes National Seashore alerts and information
- Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy Portal to the Parks
Plan to visit responsibly by observing the following tips:
- Stay at home as much as possible during the Shelter in Place, especially if someone in your household is sick. Minimizing social interaction will flatten the Coronavirus infection curve.
- Do not visit parks that have been closed by local authorities like the public health department or land management agencies.
- Stay 6 feet away from people you do not live with and avoid narrow trails where distancing may prove difficult. If you cannot maintain 6 feet of distance, do not enter the space.
- Consider visiting in off times to minimize the risk of trailhead crowding.
- As long as the shelter in place is in effect, do not hold social gatherings, celebrations, or group meetings in parks, preserves, or elsewhere.
- Many parking areas are closed. Please follow guidance on county websites before visiting.
- Consider wearing a face covering while enjoying park spaces, particularly in parking areas and on the crowded first half-mile of trails.
- Restrooms and facilities are closed at many locations. Plan ahead before leaving home.
- Give others the opportunity to have a safe experience by limiting the length of your stay.
- Avoid parking in crowded neighborhoods and walk into parkland from a considerate distance when possible.
- Leave no trace: carry out what you carry in, especially because garbage collection is limited at this time.
- Look for nearby nature to enjoy: your own neighborhood has hidden nature.
- Visit nature virtually and take advantage of online resources to stay connected to our parklands.
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For more information on access to park facilities beyond Marin County, visit BayAreaOutdoors.org.