Are parks and open space areas open?

Yes, parks and open spaces are open (with restrictions) according to the latest Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) orders

PARK & OPEN SPACE UPDATES (as of 9/30/20):


  • Play Structures are now open with precautions. Please read all safety precautions by clicking here
  • "Social Bubbles"* of up to 12 people now allowed to gather in parks and outdoor spaces 
  • Picnic areas and BBQ areas may be used only by households or living units. No large groups. Each member of a household or living unit must maintain at least six feet of separation from all members of other households or living units in the same picnic or BBQ area. For clarity, members of the same household or living unit do not need to be six feet apart from each other.
  • Picnic tables and BBQ grills may be used only by one household or living units at a time.
  • Sports fields, in-fields, and dugouts now open to "Social Bubbles" only (see definition below)
  • Park bathrooms are open during the day but will close in the evening
  • Paso Nogal Dog Park now open (Click here for hours & dog park restrictions)
  • Bocce courts are open for household family play only
  • Pleasant Hill Aquatic Park is open for aquatic programs only


  • Drinking fountains remain shut off
  • No group recreational sports for adults or children


  • Please wear a face covering when out in public spaces. Read face-covering related CCHS Health Order (7/7/20) here
  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times in parks and on open space trails
    If you see an uncooperative dog or dog owner, please report incidents to CC County Animal Service at (925) 608-8400
  • Persons in "Social Bubbles" who are over 12 years of age are strongly encouraged to maintain six-foot social distancing from each other and wear face coverings.

What is a Social Bubble?
According to CCHS, a "Social Bubble" means a stable group of 12 individuals that forms either a Household Support Unit, a Childcare Unit, or a Children’s Extracurricular Activity Unit, for the purpose of engaging in activities allowed under the June 5, 2020 Order.

Please be kind to our park staff who are out reminding park visitors about COVID-19 safety practices and park rules per the mandated public health orders. They care about you.

If residents do not comply with the above-mentioned restrictions, parks will be closed for public access and if appropriate, the Pleasant Hill Police Department will be contacted to enforce violations of the CCHS order. Failure to comply with the requirements is a misdemeanor punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both. Violation of the Order constitutes a public nuisance and a violation of the County Ordinance Code.

To report dog-related incidents, contact Contra Costa Animal Services at (925) 608-8400

Contra Costa Health Services now recommends wearing a face covering when going outside. For more detail information on how to protect yourself and others, visit

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1. How has Rec & Park been impacted by COVID 19 Coronavirus?
2. What Rec & Park "essential" services will remain operational?
3. What facilities, buildings and offices are closed?
4. What Rec & Park classes/programs have been suspended?
5. Will I get a refund for classes/programs that cannot be rescheduled for make-up?
6. What Rec & Park events canceled?
7. Are you accepting rental reservations?
8. What happens if I have an event scheduled at one of your venues and I have to cancel due to COVID-19?
9. Are parks and open space areas open?
10. Is the Pleasant Hill Aquatic Park (pool) open?
11. Are seniors still able to get meals from CC Cafe?
12. Where can I get information about available Senior Programs and Services during shelter-in-place?
13. If I have a questions, how do I contact Rec & Park?
14. We're bored! What suggestions do you have?