Sonoma County’s public health officer has ordered expanded access to parks beginning June 3, 2020. The new health order allows residents to walk, bike or drive to parks and provides more options for exercise and outdoor recreation while sheltering near home.
Some park facilities remain closed to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission in the community, prevent unsafe crowding in parks and support the shelter-in-place mandate.
To learn which parks, parking lots and recreation facilities are open, see this status list. The list is updated regularly as conditions evolve.
For more information on parks access rules, see these frequently asked questions.
Sonoma Coast Beaches
Parking areas at Sonoma Coast parks and beaches reopened on June 3, 2020 and daytime visiting hours have been restored. Beach visitors can enjoy active recreation – such as hiking, walking, running, fishing, surfing and other water sports – as well as sedentary activities such as sunbathing and relaxing. Barbecues, picnic areas, campgrounds and other park facilities that encourage gatherings are closed. Beach visitors must follow physical distancing and face covering requirements and not gather with members of multiple households.
Russian River Beaches
Parking lots are open at Cloverdale River Park, Del Rio Woods, Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach, Riverfront Regional Park, Steelhead Beach, Forestville River Access and Sunset Beach. Guerneville River Park is open for walk-in/bike-in access only.
River parks can be used for boating, water sports, sunbathing, fishing, hiking and biking. Picnic areas are closed. Barbecues, group picnics and group gatherings are not allowed. Alcohol is not allowed at Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach, Steelhead Beach, Forestville River Access and Sunset Beach.
Charter bus parking/dropoff is not allowed at any Regional Park on the river. Street parking regulations in river communities are strictly enforced.
Playgrounds, dog parks, picnic areas, barbecue areas, drinking fountains, campgrounds, visitor centers and other Regional Parks facilities that promote gatherings or feature high-touch surfaces are closed. Some restrooms also remain closed.
Sports courts and playing fields (tennis courts, disc golf courses, basketball courts, soccer fields, etc.) are open at some parks, but use is limited to a single individual or members of the same household.
See this status list for information on closures and allowed uses at specific parks.
See these frequently asked questions for additional information.
Social Distancing and Face Covering Information
Park visitors must comply with social distancing, hygiene and face covering requirements:
- Stay at least 6 feet from others who are not part of your household.
- Carry a face covering at all times. Coverings must be worn outdoors when you cannot stay 6 feet from others, such as when passing others on a trail.
- Do not visit a park if you have any symptom of Covid-19: a fever over 100 degrees, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, unusual headaches, severe fatigue, chills, gastro-intestinal symptoms and lost sense of smell or taste.
- Do not use group facilities.
- Do not use drinking fountains. Bring your own water.
- Some restrooms are closed or might not have hand-washing stations. Plan ahead by checking the list of closures. Carry your own hand sanitizer.
- Pack out your litter to reduce the amount of trash parks staff and visitors may come into contact with.
- Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue and pack out your tissue for disposal at home.
Event and Program Cancellations
Most in-person public programs and events are cancelled until further notice. Please join us for our new Nearby Nature Sonoma County virtual programming.
If you have a disability and need a reasonable accommodation to access a Sonoma County Regional Park near your home during this period of limited opening, call Regional Parks’ office at (707) 565-2041 to coordinate vehicular access and disabled parking at a designated park.