• March 24, 2020 3:56 PM

Why did you make the parks free last week, only to close them days later?

Why did you make the parks free last week, only to close them days later?

Why did you make the parks free last week, only to close them days later? 150 150 Sonoma County Emergency and Preparedness Information

Like everyone, we are doing our best to adapt while this emergency evolves. When the initial stay-at-home order was issued, we hoped the parks could be a community resource. However, we also suspended non-essential services. We waived fees so staff wouldn’t have to process sales and to help make the parks more accessible.

Like park managers throughout the country, we didn’t anticipate the record number of visitors we’d receive. We believe parks crowding would continue to be an issue even if we reinstituted parking fees.

Unfortunately, too many people using the parks violates the intent of the stay-at-home order and makes social distancing challenging if not impossible. It also strains our ability to keep facilities safe and clean.