East Bay parks to remain open Labor Day weekend, with restrictions

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The East Bay Regional Park District says most parks will be open during the Labor Day weekend, but warned visitors about poor air quality from wildfires, a forecast of excessive heat and the expectation of crowded shoreline parks.

Some parks remain closed due to impacts from the recent wildfires and COVID-19. This list indicates which parks are open and closed.

For those that are open, most parking lots are “expected to reach capacity early in the day,” the Park District said.

Due to COVID-19, swim and picnic areas in parks will be closed and the use of personal watercraft for fishing will be prohibited. Barbecuing, gatherings and camping aren’t allowed, and dogs must remain on leash at all times except at Point Isabel Regional Shoreline this holiday weekend.

Additional park staff will be on hand to ensure safety, including rangers, firefighters and police officers. Visitors are asked to follow social distance guidelines and bring face coverings to wear when within six feet of others.

Visitors are also asked not to smoke or engage in other activities that could cause fires on a high-risk fire weekend. Also, with high heat park goers are encouraged to visit during cooler parts of the day and stay hydrated.

And one more thing: don’t litter!

“Parks are essential, now more than ever, as the public looks for respite from COVID-19,” park officials said. “However, the increased number of visitors in parks does create additional challenges. Littering and trash in parks have become a problem, with park staff simply unable to keep up with removal, especially on weekends. We ask the public to help by taking care of their parks.”