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 12/4/20):


  • NEW! Effective December 9, 2020, all outdoor park playground structures REOPENED for play! 

    On December 9, 2020, the State of California updated its stay-at-home guidelines to allow playgrounds to stay open as essential.

    "Playgrounds may remain open to facilitate physically distanced personal health and wellness through outdoor exercise," said CDPH Deputy Director of Communications Ali Bay.

    Please keep our parks open by practicing the following caring measures:

    • IMPORTANT! MASKS REQUIRED for everyone over 2 years old when on and around park play structures!
    • Keep 6 ft apart!
    • No food or drinks on the playground
    • Wash Hands
    • Avoid crowding on play structures
    • Stay home if sick (or higher risk)
    • Share the space (limit visit to 30 minutes
    • For more park play structure guidelines, read:
  • Sports fields, in-fields, dugouts, basketball courts, and bocce courts open to one household or living unit. No mixing of households and no food or beverages
  • Park bathrooms are open during the day but will close in the evening
  • Paso Nogal Dog Park open (Click here for hours & dog park restrictions)


  • Drinking fountains remain shut off
  • No group recreational sports for adults or children
  • Pleasant Hill Aquatic Park is closed for the winter.

For more information about the latest Contra Costa Health Services orders, visit


  • 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
  • Please maintain six-foot social distancing from each other and everyone over the age of 2, wear face coverings.

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 detailed 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?