Parks and Recreation FAQ

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Are parks open?

As we all work to curb the spread of the virus and protect our community, we’re sorry to announce ACCESS TO CITY PARKS WILL BE LIMITED in order to protect public health. Please remember when venturing outdoors, to stay local and only visit areas you can walk or bike to, please do not drive or take transit to recreation areas. Parks are open for passive use only, please be careful when enjoying open space areas. 

The following rules are in place at City Parks:

  • MASKS & RECREATING: Everyone is required to bring a mask or face covering with them when recreating, and you must wear it if you cannot maintain 6 feet of distance from others outside your household.
  • Classes cannot run in city parks without a permit/approval from the City of San Mateo. If you meet the requirements and want to run a fitness class in a city facility/space, please see our application and details.
  • No gathering. Stay at least 6 ft apart from others
  • Playgrounds are closed
  • All dog parks and play areas (including mornings at certain fields) are open
  • Picnic areas & BBQ pits are closed
  • Basketball courts are open to people within the same household
  • Fields are open for passive use only (no organized sports or pick-up games). In accordance with state and county health orders, restrictions are in place for use of fields within City of San Mateo parks.


  • Youth Sports: Youth sports groups may use fields to practice during limited times after acquiring a permit from the City. Organizers and participants are required to follow state safety guidance. (Guidance includes wearing face coverings when they cannot stay 6 feet apart)
  • Drop-in Use: People may use the fields so long as they are not in groups larger than seven people. Please only recreate with people within your household. THIS IS FOR YOUR SAFETY. 


  • No unpermitted group play, or games of more than seven people. 

Anyone with questions about use of the City’s fields may call (650) 522-7400 during normal business hours.

  • Restrooms are now open at the following locations: 
    • King
    • Central
    • Parkside Aquatic
    • Joinville
    • Los Prados
    • Beresford (near tennis courts only)
    • Casanova
    • South side of Seal Pt
  • Parking lots are open with the exception of  Ryder, Upper Beresford, and South Parkside Aquatic
  • The Japanese Garden is open Monday-Friday from 10am-3pm and closed Saturdays & Sundays. Face masks are required for adults and a maximum of 20 people are allowed in at a time. Please follow social distancing rules in place.
  • Poplar Creek Golf Course has reopened with safety precautions. To learn more and sign up for a tee time, visit
  • Tennis Court are open. Safety protocols are in place, and players must register in advance for a court through our online registration system ( to book a time slot at Beresford Park. Reservations will be available from 8am-11:45am. Open play will resume in the afternoons. Please call (650) 522-7430 if you have any questions.
  • The skate park has reopened! Please do not share equipment, maintain social distancing, and wear a face mask when social distancing is not possible.
  • Bocce Ball Courts at Beresford Park are open for play daily from 8am-1pm. Please see the list of rules in our Summer Activity Guide Sports page.

For more information regarding San Mateo County Parks, please visit the County Parks Department web page for more information. 

What summer programs are happening this summer?

  • Aquatics & Pools - We have made the very difficult decision to cancel the Summer 2020 (June 15th -September 7th) Aquatic season due to COVID-19 concerns and the complexity to comply with the San Mateo County Health orders. This cancellation includes swim lessons, lap swim, recreation swim, swimmer aide program, and swim camps. Please visit for updates in 2021.

How about facility and park rentals?

Due to COVID-19, all rentals (inside centers and at parks) have been cancelled. In addition, no rentals will be booked within this time-frame.

When will programs and classes be offered?

A variety of programs are being offered now! The 2020 Fall Activity Guide can be viewed at at Registration begins on Wednesday, August 12 at 9am at

When will we know about in person programs/classes/events?

The situation is fluid, and we are following the recommendations based on the San Mateo County Health Department. We will continue to keep you informed as much as possible.

Which other programs are offered at this time?

The Senior “Get Around” transportation program, as well as the Senior Lunch Program Bay Tree Bistro (Pick-Up only) are still operating. 

Pre-Registration is required for the lunch program – please call (650) 522-7490 to be put on the waitlist.