EBRPD, Parks & Rec, Slow Streets

East Bay Regional Parks Update

In District 4 we are blessed to have some of the largest and most beautiful parks in Oakland and are lucky to be bordered by East Bay Regional Parks. It is important you take time to get fresh air and exercise and practice social distancing (that means at least 6ft!)

We must be mindful to practice social distancing, especially since there’s been such a large number of people utilizing parks during these times.

AT ALL PARKS – visitor centers, restrooms, water fountains, picnic areas, swim facilities, boat ramps, playgrounds, campgrounds, group campsites, backcountry campsites, sports fields, kiosks, and reservable facilities are CLOSED

City of Oakland Parks

Out of an abundance of caution, Oakland Parks and the Department of Public Works will begin closing parking lots and preventing vehicular access through parks.

**There have also been upticks in complaints around destruction of habitats, flowers being picked, and bikers and dog owners not adhering to park safety measures in Joaquin Miller Park.**

We are blessed to still have outdoor space available during this time. Please allow us to keep that space open safely by avoiding overcrowding, adhering to safety measures, and ensuring our public spaces remain beautiful for everyone. Keep pets on leash, if you’re biking remember to yield to hikers/runners, and allow for everyone to enjoy the flowers in bloom by not picking them. Thank you.

We are asking all park users to follow these mandates:

  • Follow guidance on hygiene prior to, during and after use of parks or trails. That is washing hands for at least 20sec as soon as possible & not touching your face ahead of washing your hands.
  • Social distancing of 6 feet from other individuals AT ALL TIMES. If this is not possible, users should find an alternate location or depart that space.
  • Please avoid using shared equipment (playgrounds, exercise equipment, etc.) and remember to wash your hands as soon as possible for at least 20 seconds.
  • Prepare for limited access to public parking and park amenities.
  • While on walking trails step aside to let others pass while maintaining social distancing.

Oakland Slow Streets

On April 9th the City of Oakland announced the Oakland Slow Streets Initiative.

Oakland Slow Streets is intended to support safe physical activity by creating more space for physical distancing for all Oaklanders by declaring that all existing and proposed Neighborhood Bike Routes are Closed to Through Traffic so that people can more comfortably use these low-traffic streets for physically distant walking, wheelchair rolling, jogging, and biking all across the City. These account for nearly 10% of all Oakland streets.

The City has identified 11 additional miles of Slow Streets from which we aim to select 4-5 miles for the second phase of streets to receive “soft closures” beginning this Friday, April 17th, and seeks community input about this proposal.

Please review the map on the project website and provide your feedback on this form (https://forms.gle/tF2NiWubc9HiwQEv9) or by contacting OAK311. 

For more information and view the map of road closures visit the Oakland Slow Streets webpage.