|Tecolote Canyon (3.18.2020) Will Reopen, But Technically Only If You're In Walking Distance|
Today's links after the jump.
- On Monday, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced that certain San Diego Parks would reopen. I'd like to believe that this was a reevaluation of the current policy--which forced people to crowd neighborhood sidewalks and paths--based on smart input rather than pressure from the weekend protesting covidiots, but who really knows? It's still very specific and still illustrates that some areas benefit more than others as many areas of the city don't have the same green open spaces as others. What I'd really like to see is Parks & Rec be specific at every single park...if you're walking or jogging, it should be one-direction when possible, and the "non-family members" needs to be clarified to "same household," but sometimes the mighty and powerful can't think beyond their own little families in their big beautiful homes adjacent to lush green parks while apartment dwellers in more urban parts of the city just don't have the same options. They might as well put up "Locals Only" signs everywhere and really lay down their socio-economic divides. Though, to be fair, there are certainly plenty of people who broke the rules the first time around that made them so drastic this second time around, which is why you're not seeing mixed-use spaces opening back up.
- Limited Reopening of Neighborhood Parks for Individual Use to Begin Tuesday in Accordance with COVID-19 Public Health Rules: Walking and Jogging Allowed, Physical Distancing Required, Groups and Sports Prohibited, Parking Lots Remain Closed - City of San Diego News Release (4.20.2020)
- City of San Diego Reopens Some Parks as County Outlines Steps to Ease COVID-19 Restrictions - NBC San Diego (4.20.2020)
- Full List of Parks Status (4.20.2020)
- Full text of City Of San Diego post is below.
- Coronado Mayor: Can We Agree Surfing Shouldn’t Be Illegal? - KPBS (4.20.2020)
- I'll repost this one from last week since it's still relevant It's Time for a More Nuanced Approach to Park Closures -VOSD (4.16.2020)
- Everyone is talking about reopening. I wish we could focus and not shift the narrative when it's inconvenient, but whatever. These are helpful webinars for small business to look at the path forward.
- And for your own personal finance wellbeing, San Diego County Credit Union is presenting free financial wellness webinars for Financial Literacy Month - SDCCU
FULL TEXT OF CITY OF SAN DIEGO FACEBOOK POST (4.20.2020):
#COVID19 Update: This afternoon Mayor Faulconer announced the City will be reopening some neighborhood and community parks for passive individual use only.
- Parks will be open to the public for the purposes of walking, jogging or hiking. Gathering or congregating in any City park remains prohibited until further notice.
- The public should only visit parks located in their neighborhoods that are easy to walk to and should not be driving to parks. Parking lots will continue to remain closed at City parks until further notice.
- Sports fields (basketball courts, baseball fields, tennis courts etc.) will remain closed. Gathering in parks to play organized team sports remains prohibited.
- Open trails within open space parks will be available for public use with the exception of Cowles Mountain and Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve Trail which will remain closed.
- Comfort stations at local parks will be open and available for public use.
- Most park amenities, including parking lots, recreation centers, swimming pools, school district joint use areas, dog off-leash areas, bicycle pump tracks, skate parks, visitor centers, nature centers, campgrounds, etc. will remain closed until further notice.
- Patrons visiting City parks must continue to maintain Federal, State and Local social distancing guidelines (maintain a distance from non-family members of at least six feet).
- Patrons are strongly encouraged to wear facial coverings while visiting City parks to help reduce potential spread of the COVID-19 virus.
- Balboa Park Central Mesa and all museums will remain closed, while portions of Morley Field and passive sections of the East and West Mesa will be open.
- Mission Bay Park will remain closed.
- Beaches and boardwalks will remain closed.
- City-operated Golf courses (Balboa Park, Mission Bay and Torrey Pines) will remain closed.
While this is encouraging news, we must remain vigilant and continue to do all we can to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Please maintain social distancing and wear a facial covering when out in public. Thank you in advance for continuing to keep yourself and your neighbors safe during this pandemic.