Parks and Rec COVID-19 Update

(Updated as of 8/4/20 - Parks and Recreation is strictly adhering to the guidelines of Contra Costa County Health as it relates to all activities and rentals. To learn more about these guidelines, visit https://www.coronavirus.cchealth.org/)

Parks and Rec Family,

Effective July 6, 2020, several of the remaining Parks and Recreation Department staff, are working under the mandate of a 40% furlough, resulting from loss of revenue caused by the pandemic. If you have contacted our department recently, we hope we can continue to receive your support and understanding while you await a response.

The purpose of this page is to provide you a COVID-19 update and how it impacts the operations of Parks and Rec. Hopefully you will find the information presented below helpful.

Status for Fall / Winter Classes, Programs and Events

Though our fall programming schedule is evolving to be vastly different than previous year's, Orinda Parks and Rec is still looking for ways to provide modified programming that adheres to the latest Health Orders from Contra Costa County (CCC) and aligns with recommendations from the State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As a result, we're sad to say that we will not be publishing a Fall / Winter Activity Guide this year. For those interested in the status of classes / programs that typically occurred during this time, please review the following list below for more information:

Special Events

The Halloween Tot Parade and Annual Holiday Bazaar are cancelled.

OYS Fall Soccer

The typical Fall Soccer program is cancelled. We are considering creating an alternative program and will be requesting the community to weigh in on this topic through another survey. More information on this topic will be coming soon.

In-person Youth Classes and Programs

We're in the process of developing programming substitutions that would meet the County's Health guidelines and support distance learning efforts. More information about this will be coming soon.

In-person Adult Classes and Programs

Any in-person adult programming offered through the Orinda Parks and Recreation Department is cancelled at this time. In the event we're able to start scheduling out-door, in-person adult programs, we will communicate that information to the community. 

City Facilities / What’s Open and What’s Closed?

We understand it can be confusing to follow what's open and closed for public and private facilities. We've received questions lately from community members about the status of City facilities and sports facilities here in Orinda. Please review the information below to find out more: 

Parks

Play structures, drinking fountains, and restrooms are currently closed. Picnic tables and BBQ's are available for use by the same living unit only, in accordance with posted restrictions.

Tennis Courts

The tennis courts located in the Orinda Community Center Park are currently open and available for drop-in play. Right now Tennis Courts 2 and 3 are being used weekdays by Summer Camps, through August 12, beginning at 9:00 a.m. concluding at 12:00 p.m. The practice court is not being used by any department programming at this time.  

The Orinda Community Park tennis courts will be closed for maintenance beginning Monday, August 17. All three of Orinda's only public tennis courts will undergo a slipsheet overlay process, a specially constructed ply felt that is built for strength, flexibility and the allowance of movement from substrates. Vintage Contractors, Inc. of San Francisco is handling the project that is expected to last 4-6 weeks. Work will also be taking place at the practice wall and that area will be closed during a portion of resurfacing project. This project is being paid for by Park Dedication Fees. 

Sports Fields

All natural grass sports fields are currently open for use by families that are within the same household. The artificial turf fields at Wilder (Fields 1, 2, and 4) are closed to the general public.  The City has permitted use of sports fields, which includes artificial turf fields at Wilder, to Summer Camp programs and some youth sports groups since they have fallen under the "summer camp" category within the County's Health Orders. In order to be authorized, groups have been required to submit and follow detailed protocol that meets or exceeds state and county guidelines. Right now, the fall months remain uncertain. Unless the Health Order's change, we anticipate the possibility of permitting use to groups who can provide written protocol and procedures that adhere to current county health and CDC guidelines. These guidelines include the allowance of small, stable groups of 12 people or less, health screenings for players and coaches, requirements for social distancing, PPE, and shared equipment, and more.

Picnic Area, Facility/Room, Athletic Field, and Tennis Court Reservations

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