San Mateo County Parks Extend Hours + Services

Get ready to bicycle Crystal Springs Trail car-free and enjoy Bay Meadows take-out from ROAM Artisan Burgers and Slices San Mateo packed up for sunset picnics in local parks! From quiet redwood forests and curiosity-inspiring tide pools to family-fun picnic sites and playgrounds, San Mateo County Parks are places to reconnect with what matters most. San Mateo County residents will be able to enjoy their local parks a little bit longer during the day in the coming weeks, along with some services resuming. On April 16th, park hours will be extended, with parks closing at 7 pm. Beginning May 1st, parks will close at 8 pm. Currently, parks close at 5 pm.

Bicycle Sunday is back in time to enjoy during May! The program, during which a 3.8 segment of Crystal Springs Regional Trail closes for non-motorized activities, will resume on May 2nd.


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Also reopening in May: The Fitzgerald Marine Reserve on May 3rd and Memorial County Park on May 28th. Additionally, drop-in picnic sites remain open and group picnic reservations are available for May 1st through June 14th.

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On May 3 Fitzgerald Marine Reserve reopens. This Marine Protected Area requires extra staff & assistance by the Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve to ensure marine life & plants are protected. You can help: know the Tidepool Etiquette before you visit here.

San Mateo County Parks manages parks, trails, and historic sites to preserve public lands and provide recreation opportunities. Follow the beautiful visual journey through our local parks on Instagram at @smcparks .

“Rangers and Parks staff are counting on every visitor to help keep these extended hours and reinstated services intact by following COVID-19 safety protocols which include maintaining at least six feet of distance from those not in one’s household,” county officials said in a statement.

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Experience Midurban life. Bay Meadows is a family-friendly neighborhood with lots of open space to enjoy all-year long. Whether it’s growing your own vegetables in an organic community garden, playing a game of pick-up basketball after work, team building over bocce in the beer garden, picnicking with family on warm summer nights or with a run around the park, there’s no shortage of green space to explore. Check out life out and about at Bay Meadows by following us on Instagram.