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'Keep Parks Safe' -- Authorities plead with visitors to follow social distancing rules or face closures

San Mateo County announces immediate closure of all county parks

Across the Bay Area, parks and open spaces have been shut down to prevent crowds over the past week.

As of 6 p.m. on Friday, March 27, San Mateo County announced it would close all county parks until further notice. County parks staff will lock entrance gates and continue to patrol parks during the closure.

The following day, the California State Parks Department followed suit, announcing that it would close vehicular access to all of its 280 parks throughout the state, meaning that they can still be visited if accessed by foot or bike, and would temporarily close others to all visitors. Access the full list of closures here. Campground areas at state parks remain closed.

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District has closed the Windy Hill Open Space Preserve in Portola Valley until further notice, and the Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve and Mt. Umunhum area of the Sierra Azul Preserve, as well as other popular areas, are subject to intermittent closure.

"The sheer number of people crowding our parks and driving to reach them made them unsafe for our community. I appreciate the desire for our residents to get outside and enjoy our open spaces, but we cannot have them descending on our parks in large groups now," said San Mateo County Manager Mike Callagy in a press statement.

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"We need to make every possible effort to avoid contact with each other," said San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow in a statement announcing the closure of parking facilities at beaches in Half Moon Bay and Pacifica Wednesday.

"As for outdoor exercise, do this in your own immediate neighborhood, maintaining social distance from other people. Do not go into other neighborhoods, parks, or beaches for recreation. Do not drive except to provide or obtain an essential service.

"Our world has changed, and we need to adhere to the letter and the spirit of the shelter in place order to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect our communities. When this is over, you will again be able to enjoy the beautiful and bountiful opportunities to be in the nature that surrounds us."

It's worth noting that these serious precautions are coming from the same health officer who's been at the forefront of a movement to get doctors across the county to write "prescriptions" for parks, urging people of all ages to spend a couple of hours a week in public parks. (His favorite local parks are those with Coastside redwoods.) Despite being a booster of widespread outdoor access, he is urging everyone to do their part to make slowing the spread of COVID-19 their biggest priority.

Other parks remain open

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Heading into this weekend, a number of other local open space agencies have issued recommendations so that more public open spaces don't follow.

Various outdoor space agencies, including the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, Peninsula Open Space Trust and the Santa Clara County Parks departments offer these guidelines:

● Stay 6 feet apart from other people.

● Stay home if you or someone in your household is sick.

● Don't hold family or social gatherings, such as picnics.

● Avoid popular outdoor areas

● Plan ahead for restrooms to be closed

● Leave no trace

People should also consider shortening their visits to give others a chance to have a safe experience, or consider a virtual nature visit, said Don Rocha, director of the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department in a March 26 public letter.

Access some virtual outdoors events and videos organized by the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority here.

"We must all do our part to keep as many of our parks open, while protecting the safety of yourself, your family, your community and our staff. If physical distancing cannot be followed, our parks very well could close," Rocha said.

Santa Clara County has suspended parking fees for visitors to its parks.

"We need the public’s help to keep our parks safe," said San Mateo County Parks Director Nicholas Calderon. People should use their local parks and trails and avoid driving to other neighborhoods, even if that means forgoing their favorite parks, he said.

"Be respectful of others in the park by practicing social distancing and be respectful of the environment – don’t cross barricades, don’t litter and don’t urinate in parks. If people break the rules, we will be forced to close our parks," he said in a countywide announcement. Restrooms, playgrounds, picnic areas, visitor centers and the Parks department's main office are closed. All reservations through April 12 are canceled, as are planned events and commission meetings.

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District has also stopped providing paper maps at its preserves, so people should download maps in advance.

In addition, a number of local cities have started implemented their own restrictions for public open spaces during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Wednesday, Palo Alto announced that it would close parking lots near the city’s three open space preserves: Foothills Park, the Arastradero Preserve and the Baylands so that they can only be accessed by foot or bicycle, starting Friday. Bathrooms and drinking fountains had already been closed.

Access a list of the selected parks that have been closed in Santa Clara County here.

For more inspiration:

Here are some of our suggestions on outdoor areas to explore that are currently still open.

The San Mateo County Parks Department reports that Edgewood Park is often near capacity and should be avoided except at unpopular times.

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'Keep Parks Safe' -- Authorities plead with visitors to follow social distancing rules or face closures

San Mateo County announces immediate closure of all county parks

by / Mountain View Voice

Uploaded: Fri, Mar 27, 2020, 5:04 pm

Across the Bay Area, parks and open spaces have been shut down to prevent crowds over the past week.

As of 6 p.m. on Friday, March 27, San Mateo County announced it would close all county parks until further notice. County parks staff will lock entrance gates and continue to patrol parks during the closure.

The following day, the California State Parks Department followed suit, announcing that it would close vehicular access to all of its 280 parks throughout the state, meaning that they can still be visited if accessed by foot or bike, and would temporarily close others to all visitors. Access the full list of closures here. Campground areas at state parks remain closed.

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District has closed the Windy Hill Open Space Preserve in Portola Valley until further notice, and the Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve and Mt. Umunhum area of the Sierra Azul Preserve, as well as other popular areas, are subject to intermittent closure.

"The sheer number of people crowding our parks and driving to reach them made them unsafe for our community. I appreciate the desire for our residents to get outside and enjoy our open spaces, but we cannot have them descending on our parks in large groups now," said San Mateo County Manager Mike Callagy in a press statement.

"We need to make every possible effort to avoid contact with each other," said San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow in a statement announcing the closure of parking facilities at beaches in Half Moon Bay and Pacifica Wednesday.

"As for outdoor exercise, do this in your own immediate neighborhood, maintaining social distance from other people. Do not go into other neighborhoods, parks, or beaches for recreation. Do not drive except to provide or obtain an essential service.

"Our world has changed, and we need to adhere to the letter and the spirit of the shelter in place order to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect our communities. When this is over, you will again be able to enjoy the beautiful and bountiful opportunities to be in the nature that surrounds us."

It's worth noting that these serious precautions are coming from the same health officer who's been at the forefront of a movement to get doctors across the county to write "prescriptions" for parks, urging people of all ages to spend a couple of hours a week in public parks. (His favorite local parks are those with Coastside redwoods.) Despite being a booster of widespread outdoor access, he is urging everyone to do their part to make slowing the spread of COVID-19 their biggest priority.

Other parks remain open

Heading into this weekend, a number of other local open space agencies have issued recommendations so that more public open spaces don't follow.

Various outdoor space agencies, including the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, Peninsula Open Space Trust and the Santa Clara County Parks departments offer these guidelines:

● Stay 6 feet apart from other people.

● Stay home if you or someone in your household is sick.

● Don't hold family or social gatherings, such as picnics.

● Avoid popular outdoor areas

● Plan ahead for restrooms to be closed

● Leave no trace

People should also consider shortening their visits to give others a chance to have a safe experience, or consider a virtual nature visit, said Don Rocha, director of the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department in a March 26 public letter.

Access some virtual outdoors events and videos organized by the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority here.

"We must all do our part to keep as many of our parks open, while protecting the safety of yourself, your family, your community and our staff. If physical distancing cannot be followed, our parks very well could close," Rocha said.

Santa Clara County has suspended parking fees for visitors to its parks.

"We need the public’s help to keep our parks safe," said San Mateo County Parks Director Nicholas Calderon. People should use their local parks and trails and avoid driving to other neighborhoods, even if that means forgoing their favorite parks, he said.

"Be respectful of others in the park by practicing social distancing and be respectful of the environment – don’t cross barricades, don’t litter and don’t urinate in parks. If people break the rules, we will be forced to close our parks," he said in a countywide announcement. Restrooms, playgrounds, picnic areas, visitor centers and the Parks department's main office are closed. All reservations through April 12 are canceled, as are planned events and commission meetings.

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District has also stopped providing paper maps at its preserves, so people should download maps in advance.

In addition, a number of local cities have started implemented their own restrictions for public open spaces during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Wednesday, Palo Alto announced that it would close parking lots near the city’s three open space preserves: Foothills Park, the Arastradero Preserve and the Baylands so that they can only be accessed by foot or bicycle, starting Friday. Bathrooms and drinking fountains had already been closed.

Access a list of the selected parks that have been closed in Santa Clara County here.

For more inspiration:

Here are some of our suggestions on outdoor areas to explore that are currently still open.

The San Mateo County Parks Department reports that Edgewood Park is often near capacity and should be avoided except at unpopular times.

Comments

Jack
Jackson Park
on Mar 28, 2020 at 9:40 pm
Jack, Jackson Park
on Mar 28, 2020 at 9:40 pm
19 people like this

"don’t litter and don’t urinate in parks. ...
Restrooms ... are closed.

I wonder why people might be urinating in the park?


Stay Out of Rancho San Antonio!
another community
on Mar 29, 2020 at 8:43 am
Stay Out of Rancho San Antonio!, another community
on Mar 29, 2020 at 8:43 am
39 people like this

I live very close-by the park.
The lots were full by sunrise! WTH people.
I watched two "group runs" of 6 people, all in a straight line huffing and puffing each other's exhaust.
Both groups were older (40-60s) women. Good lord ladies, maybe run solo for a little while????

IF YOU HAVE TO GET IN YOUR CAR TO GO EXERCISE YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG!!!!

MIDPEN: CLOSE THE LOTS!


Fair
Monta Loma
on Mar 29, 2020 at 11:22 am
Fair, Monta Loma
on Mar 29, 2020 at 11:22 am
24 people like this

I see (full teams) teens and 20 somethings playing basketball and soccer everyday at parks and local high schools. You need to shut the parks down. Our entitled community is not doing the right thing!


@Fair
Cuesta Park
on Mar 29, 2020 at 11:35 am
@Fair, Cuesta Park
on Mar 29, 2020 at 11:35 am
27 people like this

Please state which parks you see this and the time of day, specifically.
I walk to several schools and parks in our area each day and I have not found that to be the case, but it's always good to know if there's a hot spot.


@Fair
Cuesta Park
on Mar 29, 2020 at 11:39 am
@Fair, Cuesta Park
on Mar 29, 2020 at 11:39 am
16 people like this

Also remember, many times families play basketball or kick the soccer ball around together. As long as people are distant from others as directed by the order it's not a worry or any kind of violation.


Hmmm
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Mar 29, 2020 at 11:48 am
Hmmm, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Mar 29, 2020 at 11:48 am
24 people like this

So you live in Monte Loma but by your own words:
"I see (full teams) teens and 20 somethings playing basketball and soccer everyday at parks and local high schools."

So how many high schools schools and how parks are you going to each day and why?!? Don't you understand the shelter in place order??
You certainly cannot be walking to them all. Stay home! You can exercise starting from your own front door, stay out of your car!

"Our entitled community is not doing the right thing!"
Indeed, and might I add some are blind to that fact.


Rancho San Antonio, next hot spot
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Mar 30, 2020 at 7:19 am
Rancho San Antonio, next hot spot, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Mar 30, 2020 at 7:19 am
21 people like this

I was there, sadly, for a short period of time yesterday. I walked in through the St Joseph's avenue/280 underpass and was immediately passed by a runner, 3 feet off, heavily panting as he passed. I could feel the breeze as he huffed and puffed by. I saw people trying but failing to run together 6 feet apart. I saw runners snaking through walkers and even a string of runners all running in a straight line.

If the parking lots are not closed we will only ensure that Rancho is the next community hot spot. We cannot continue to entice people into tight spots. The trails are simply not wide enough and people are acting stupid.

The State Parks have shut off vehicles from entering the parks because they listen to the medical experts. MidPen is dawdling on this decision and this will in fact cause more deaths. People either will not or cannot always give enough space on tight trails, and when the park is packed with people who drove in, it's set up to be the next community transmission hot spot.


Everyone please read THIS
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Mar 30, 2020 at 10:18 am
Everyone please read THIS, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Mar 30, 2020 at 10:18 am
37 people like this

If you are getting in your car to drive to some outside area, YOU are the problem.

Stop it!

Start and stop your walks/runs/rides at your front door.
As a high risk senior you are playing with my life. Please!


parent
Old Mountain View
on Mar 30, 2020 at 2:35 pm
parent, Old Mountain View
on Mar 30, 2020 at 2:35 pm
21 people like this

I read that the police in Florida arrested a Christian megachurch pastor for holding services despite that state's shutdown order. If the police can arrest a pastor for flaunting public safety, surely they can handle these kids. Shutting down the park to the whole community is not fair when only a few low IQ people are flaunting the law.


pgw
North Whisman
on Mar 30, 2020 at 3:56 pm
pgw, North Whisman
on Mar 30, 2020 at 3:56 pm
16 people like this

My neighborhood streets are filled with people, many of whom are not too considerate regarding social distance. Taking a walk around the block is risky. On the other hand, at the right time of day (some) public parks have a lot more space to spread out, so I can go for a long walk while keeping my distance.

Closing parks entirely means reducing the available space and taking away options to spread out. That's counterproductive.

Driving to parks is not the problem. A lot of people going to the parks at the same time is a problem, which can be partially addressed by restricting available parking. But ultimately, if people were going to crowd together in parks, they are now going to crowd together in their neighborhood, so there's nothing gained.


Rancho = Corono Horror Show
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Mar 31, 2020 at 6:31 am
Rancho = Corono Horror Show, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Mar 31, 2020 at 6:31 am
22 people like this

I cannot believe MidPen is keeping the lots open which attracts the crowds.
I tied it out yesterday. At the 280 undercrossing as I was walking in, a runner brushed by me breathing fast and heavily. As I got to the bridge at the creek I saw the crowds. Runners were cruising past walkers as they belched their exhaust into the air that people would then walk right through.
A daisy chain of 5 then ran past in single file, all breathing and exhaling the air from the person in front of them.
A solo person went by and spit, another blew his nose into nothing, aka snot rockets.
The width of the trail and the vegetation on the side made it impossible for me to avoid them.

There is a fallacy about Rancho being an open area where people can spread out. In fact it is an area where people are funneled together on narrow trails, unable to spread out as runners and bikers go quickly but closely by, heavily breathing

With hardly any car traffic and sidewalks I can easily get away from anyone crowding me. Even if it means walking down the middle of the road. Rancho is not that way at all. You WILL breath the exhaust breath of other...it's inescapable

*MidPen closed Windy Hill parking lot for health concerns. Enticing people to come from out of the area and crowd the trails of Rancho is unthinking and IMO negligent.
I'm staying out until they close the lots. Keep it open, just close the lots. People are coming in from all areas.


Re to: Everyone please read THIS
North Bayshore
on Mar 31, 2020 at 7:20 am
Re to: Everyone please read THIS, North Bayshore
on Mar 31, 2020 at 7:20 am
19 people like this

I don't think it's fair to those who live in more dense-packed apartments to be told they can't drive out somewhere when some have large yards (or any yard) or immediate outdoor access, and yet many don't.

Closing lots actually just leaves access to more affluent parts of our community. Rather, put up signs and fine those who break social distancing.

More equitable and still safe rules would be:
1) Don't leave Santa Clara County, since part of the shelter in place is preventing accidental spread
2) Only go where you see people practicing proper 6+ feet of distancing, if not, leave and find somewhere else or go different hours.


I agree with lot closings
another community
on Mar 31, 2020 at 7:31 am
I agree with lot closings, another community
on Mar 31, 2020 at 7:31 am
19 people like this

They closed Windy Hill. MidPen made the call because of Coronavirus concerns. They continue to leave the biggest, most crowded park's lots open though, drawing people from all over who then go to our stores on the way home.
I guess the locals of Portola Valley are more important to protect than the locals in Cupertino?

People can still go to these parks, even drive to them, parking farther away and walking in. That will spread the concentration of people out from one or two access points, or cause people to seek out less crowded parks.

We can do this, not crowd into the same parks for two or three weeks. It's a VERY simple sacrifice and it's not like we're not taking water from people. It's about not being selfish, avoiding crowds and not spreading the disease.

MidPen is NOT playing their part by allowing the crowds to converge in their lots. Closing the lots eases the concentration choke points while still allowing full use of the parks


@ I agree with lot closings
North Bayshore
on Mar 31, 2020 at 8:07 am
@ I agree with lot closings, North Bayshore
on Mar 31, 2020 at 8:07 am
20 people like this

"full use of the parks" for those who afford to live by them. Those in Portola Valley and Cupertino can enjoy their private publicly funded park, meanwhile apartment rows in Mountain View are told to keep their children inside for the next month.

There's a way to enforce rules and yet allow people to be outside for fresh air and exercise.


MVresident
Monta Loma
on Mar 31, 2020 at 8:21 am
MVresident, Monta Loma
on Mar 31, 2020 at 8:21 am
19 people like this

The other trail that needs to be cut off is Stevens Creek. And closing the parking lots at Shoreline. I live near both, tried to walk and/or bike and it was too dangerous. Speeding cyclists right next to large families with little kids. There was no way anyone could practice effective social distancing. One incident that stands out is a cyclist going fast and when someone yelled to him to slow down because of pedestrians, he yelled a nasty explicative, and kept on speeding. The safest places to walk are near our own homes. Boring yes? But we can put up with boring for the short term, to save people from getting really sick and dying in the long term.


So lets open the beaches
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Mar 31, 2020 at 8:54 am
So lets open the beaches, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Mar 31, 2020 at 8:54 am
31 people like this

This isn't about giving anyone preference.

Do you think they should open up the beach parking lots? Right now only the wealthy can enjoy them?
Think! It's an airborne VIRUS, not a social equality opportunity.

*****Given the numbers projected by the Fed govt of 100-200K deaths from Jan to June, if 150K, that's the same deaths as 10 x 911 attacks per month for 5 months.

2-3 911's EVERY WEEK, and you're worried about something not being fair because someone else lives by it?!?!
For a few weeks!?!?!?!?
Unreal!


MidPen: Please!
another community
on Mar 31, 2020 at 5:20 pm
MidPen: Please!, another community
on Mar 31, 2020 at 5:20 pm
29 people like this

This is life and death. PLEASE close your parking lots for just 3 weeks...PLEASE!!!


6 Feet Not Enough
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 1, 2020 at 9:12 am
6 Feet Not Enough, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 1, 2020 at 9:12 am
34 people like this

Newest information shows that 6 feet is for relaxed natural breathing.
Breathing from physical exertion(running/cycling) coughing or sneezing is now showing you need up to 6 meters since the droplets are like projectiles when people are breathing heavily.

Close all the crowd attracting Open Space parking lots for a just a few weeks. They are NOT safe at this time. Period!
MidPen, this is on YOU!

Trust science: Web Link


Beelzebub
Whisman Station
on Apr 1, 2020 at 4:24 pm
Beelzebub, Whisman Station
on Apr 1, 2020 at 4:24 pm
8 people like this

Folks, we are only as strong as our weakest link.....100 people....90 people stay at home, 10 don't....those 10 effectively rendered the efforts of those 90 who stayed home as irrelevant as any one of those 10 or all 10 continue to pass the virus along.
Now expand that same thought across your country...now across the world....the curve will never flatten out...this is the grim reality.....I am ready to collect.....

UNLESS YOU and YOU and YOU do something about your fellow 10...... :)


But...
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 1, 2020 at 4:33 pm
But..., Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 1, 2020 at 4:33 pm
19 people like this

To the above poster, when we SLOW the spread down across the globe, it gives our healthcare system a chance to effectively treat the sick people causing death rates do decrease, and maybe even time to come up with a vaccine.
That scenario shows just how great the original 90 can do by staying home, regardless of the 10.

It's not about eliminating it, it's about SLOWING it so we can treat those that are sick and not be overwhelmed.


UnfairToThePoor
Old Mountain View
on Apr 1, 2020 at 4:53 pm
UnfairToThePoor, Old Mountain View
on Apr 1, 2020 at 4:53 pm
11 people like this

It's easy to say "Stay home!" when you're rich and have a backyard and house like many in Mountain View. Some of us are trapped in apartments with circulating central air and neighbors across thin walls. We're breathing each others' aerosols all day, touching the doors to our building's garbage room and/or bins. We're trapped in Petri dishes and y'all are trying to deprive us the joy of fresh air, nature, and walks in places that are actually significantly more empty than our apartments? What can I say, you all are cruel and we will remember this the next time there's a vote that benefits home owners on the ballot.


Want to be fair, don't just close the parking lots, close the entire park if you care more about con
North Bayshore
on Apr 1, 2020 at 5:18 pm
Want to be fair, don't just close the parking lots, close the entire park if you care more about con, North Bayshore
on Apr 1, 2020 at 5:18 pm
21 people like this

Want to be fair, don't just close the parking lots, close the entire park if you worry more about contagion than equity.

If you find that to be excessive, so is denying poor people access to parks, rather than developing safety rules that all must follow while at the parks.


Neighborhood Public Parks
Cuesta Park
on Apr 1, 2020 at 5:21 pm
Neighborhood Public Parks, Cuesta Park
on Apr 1, 2020 at 5:21 pm
13 people like this

@Unfair: San Mateo County is now mandating no outdoor activity farther than 5 miles from one's residence. This isn't because they want to be unfair to people who don't live in Woodside, it's because they CARE about the people who don't live in Woodside and they know the coronavirus is a temporary game changer and that mixing members from different communities ENCOURAGES the spread. MidPen can't grasp this but I can HOPE that Santa Clara county will mandate the same as SMCo.

Anywhere you live in MV you have walking access to a number of open spaces and public parks . People from Woodside should not be allowed to come to those because of, AGAIN, the way this disease is spread.

I sure hope nobody will die if they can't drive to Rancho for 3 weeks.


You can;t ENCOURAGE people to travel
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 1, 2020 at 5:29 pm
You can;t ENCOURAGE people to travel, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 1, 2020 at 5:29 pm
35 people like this

Yes, close the whole damn thing down if people can't figure out how to exercise in their own area. They travel in, maybe get gas, maybe do some shopping, all the while mingling one communities viruses with the other's, then going back to share it with their own community. That's EXACTLY what we're being told not to do

You're argument that this isn't "Fair" to some group and we should ignore how this thing spreads in order to be "Fair" to any group, is asinine IMHO.


Poison Park
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 2, 2020 at 6:26 am
Poison Park, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 2, 2020 at 6:26 am
7 people like this

Y’all enjoy the crowds from everywhere in Rancho San Coronio. I’ve found some uncrowded areas to enjoy the outside. Areas free of concentrated of heavily breathing crowds. I’m sure the virus acts differently for you. Come one come all, plenty of parking avail to assist in getting as many people crowded in as the parking spaces allow.


A Quiz!
Cuesta Park
on Apr 2, 2020 at 6:54 am
A Quiz!, Cuesta Park
on Apr 2, 2020 at 6:54 am
29 people like this

1)People might very well die if we close the Rancho parking lot for 3 weeks.

2)People might very well die if we keep the lots open?

MidPen, I'd LOVE to see you answer this then explain it to ALL the surrounding communities. You seem to think we're stronger in this if we all mix together.
Seriously, MidPen, I think you're mistaken and literally playing with the lives of people our community.

It's not about getting away with what is allowed at the time, it's about seeing the scientific realities and making the tough decision that is best for public health.
You're turning a scientific blind eye to how this virus is spreading.

Contact info is on MidPen's web page if you want to let them know how you feel


Is MidPen run by the GA Governor?
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 2, 2020 at 12:17 pm
Is MidPen run by the GA Governor?, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 2, 2020 at 12:17 pm
21 people like this

Maybe MidPen also just found out in the last 24 hours how coronavirus is spread.

Maybe they'll understand the urgent priority to TAKE ACTION NOW and stop the spread by closing the lots at the commuter parks like Rancho San Antonio.
They better not ask for one dime from me in donations this year. Don;t even ask.


Former mayors
Martens-Carmelita
on Apr 2, 2020 at 2:44 pm
Former mayors, Martens-Carmelita
on Apr 2, 2020 at 2:44 pm
10 people like this

Is midpen run- well look who is on the board. Two of Palo Alto’s most self centered former mayors- yoriko kishimoto and Karen Holman, enough said


Blood on their hands
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 2, 2020 at 4:19 pm
Blood on their hands, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 2, 2020 at 4:19 pm
21 people like this

quite literally deciding to enable the spread. Shameful.
This is unbelievable willful ignorance. Can we report to Sheriff?


Dish closed
Martens-Carmelita
on Apr 2, 2020 at 7:09 pm
Dish closed, Martens-Carmelita
on Apr 2, 2020 at 7:09 pm
29 people like this

Stanford dish to close tomorrow afternoon

Web Link


Thank you Stanford, Now, MidPen?
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 3, 2020 at 4:09 am
Thank you Stanford, Now, MidPen?, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 3, 2020 at 4:09 am
8 people like this

Thank you Stanford for caring about our community!

MidPen, how long will you allow the spread to continue via your communter parks with large lots like Rancho?


The multi-millionaire liberal left
Cuesta Park
on Apr 3, 2020 at 10:21 pm
The multi-millionaire liberal left, Cuesta Park
on Apr 3, 2020 at 10:21 pm
29 people like this

If a Democratic president were in office I guarantee they would've acted sooner, SMARTER, and organized the country as one to either prevent c-19 from entering the country OR greatly reduce it's spread.

What we have today is:

"eeehhh I'll let them (Governors) figure it out..."

"I was told (Jared Kushner) this is all a HOAX, everyone relax there is nothing to worry about..."

"..I called this a Pandemic before it was being called a Pandemic..."

".. it's going to disappear, one day ... It's like a miracle, it will disappear.."

"..All these Governors (Andrew Cuomo)do is complain after all I do for them they should be greatful (as body count grows each day in NYC)"

"...There are plenty of test, anyone who needs to get tested can get tested.."

November 3rd cannot get here fast enough.


MidPens Pandemic Protocal
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 4, 2020 at 5:06 am
MidPens Pandemic Protocal, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 4, 2020 at 5:06 am
17 people like this

1) Attract the crowds with huge capacity parking lots
2) Mix the crowds
3) Send the now mixed crowd on their way to mix with their home area.

Saturday is a GREAT day to get in your car, leave your home area and drive to a giant parking lot that will act as a beacon to ATTRACT people from VARIOUS communities, MIXING them together, then REDISTRIBUTING any germs or viruses people into their home communities.

Does this sound like good coronavirus protocol?

We can have all the social distancing we want, but with outliers like MidMed insisting the huge lots remain open will defeat that.

Thank you MidPen for your actions during this international pandemic, expected to kill so many if we insist on co mixing communities.

MidPen, you really seem like you're taking the lives (LITERALLY) of others into consideration.


Concerned in mtn view
Monta Loma
on Apr 4, 2020 at 8:44 am
Concerned in mtn view, Monta Loma
on Apr 4, 2020 at 8:44 am
31 people like this

@the multi millionaire liberal,

More along their point is that anyone else (hopefully) would act differently because they wouldn't be as selfish, egocentric, and arrogant as our current president. And whomever it was would care about the well-being of the American people first and foremost and would act accordingly.

GOP members here you cannot deny some of those quotes as they are direct quotes from your president, so calling those quotes "fake news" would therefore be calling your president fake as well.

I for one would've been OK for a complete national lockdown of TWO weeks to break this virus spread THEN get the nation back to normal. If we had done that in an organized scheduled manner this thread itself of < in a baby's voice > " why can't we go to the park and play?? " Wouldn't exist.


Solo Runner
another community
on Apr 4, 2020 at 12:53 pm
Solo Runner, another community
on Apr 4, 2020 at 12:53 pm
8 people like this

Closing parks for solo athletes, in particular when running on back country trails for example along skyline ridge makes little sense to me.


Solo runner not
Castro City
on Apr 4, 2020 at 2:03 pm
Solo runner not, Castro City
on Apr 4, 2020 at 2:03 pm
7 people like this

@solo runner, once everyone figures out these are the only open parks guess what, you won't be the only one on that trail...I'll bring my candya$$ self along with my other beer guzzling buddies to clog up the trail and the only way you'll get around is thru us as we sneeze, belch, and fart all over your fit physique!! Makes sense now? It's ok sometimes we can't see things that are right in front of us without another set of eyes.


Gilroy Runner
another community
on Apr 5, 2020 at 7:01 am
Gilroy Runner, another community
on Apr 5, 2020 at 7:01 am
4 people like this

Is there still parking lots open at Rancho? I'd like to drive up and check it out. So bored!


Tuner not hooch
another community
on Apr 5, 2020 at 7:51 am
Tuner not hooch, another community
on Apr 5, 2020 at 7:51 am
6 people like this

@Gilroy Runner, yes it is..enjoy your hike


Gilroy Runner
another community
on Apr 5, 2020 at 7:57 am
Gilroy Runner, another community
on Apr 5, 2020 at 7:57 am
4 people like this

Sweet! Hopping in the car now.TY!


Ugh
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 5, 2020 at 1:25 pm
Ugh, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 5, 2020 at 1:25 pm
38 people like this

In another story here people now talking about coming from Hayward. Our stay at home efforts are useless.


the mid-pen guy
Bailey Park
on Apr 5, 2020 at 1:56 pm
the mid-pen guy, Bailey Park
on Apr 5, 2020 at 1:56 pm
18 people like this

No, you're being trolled. They don't pass the smell test.

" .... *we'll* be moving *our* usual "Hiking operations" ... "
" ... Sweet! Hopping in the car now.TY! ... "

It's well-constructed to engender a response. We know who posted this.


Please stay home
Blossom Valley
on Apr 5, 2020 at 2:23 pm
Please stay home, Blossom Valley
on Apr 5, 2020 at 2:23 pm
28 people like this

We are supposed to be staying home. As a senior I'm just petrified. It's like there is a forced game of russian roulette I have to play when I leave my house with everyone continuing to move all around. Staying home saves lives and we should all be staying home.


Check IDs at the gate
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 6, 2020 at 5:57 am
Check IDs at the gate, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 6, 2020 at 5:57 am
21 people like this

Turn non-residents away with a scolding that they should not be traveling into the area. Problem solved.


@Check IDs at Rancho
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 7, 2020 at 5:35 am
@Check IDs at Rancho, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 7, 2020 at 5:35 am
2 people like this

Agree 100%


Palo,alto whines
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 9, 2020 at 11:02 am
Palo,alto whines, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 9, 2020 at 11:02 am
13 people like this

According to today’s Daily Post, Palo Alto residents are upset that Palo Alto has closed to close the parking lots at its parks, they are apparently writing letters and sending emails, some are claiming it is discrimination. Good to see that even during this pandemic, Palo,alto residents have not lost their sense of entitlement.


MV resident
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on May 10, 2020 at 9:05 am
MV resident, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on May 10, 2020 at 9:05 am
1 person likes this

Does anyone think it's time to reopen parks and their parking lots for people within the county as long as they follow social distancing? Cupertino, Los Altos Hills, Palo Alto, Portola Valley residents can walk to taxpayer-paid parks.

Keeping parks closed may still be needed, but it also should be recognized that there is powerful NIMBY political power in the communities that would like to keep public parks as private playgrounds as long as possible.


The Registrant
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on May 11, 2020 at 6:28 am
The Registrant, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on May 11, 2020 at 6:28 am
12 people like this

@MV Resident, As you were writing your post I was enjoying the parks along Skyline. The lots were open the parks were open. Might be good to check it out yourself and maybe spend less time complaining about things that aren't true on the internet.


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