Park It: Tips to enjoy open spaces as winter nears amid pandemic

Perhaps because the continuing coronavirus pandemic has limited other forms of recreation, the regional parks and outdoor venues in general have seen a substantial increase in visitors.

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So as fall turns to winter, with its colder and damper climate, here are some tips to help make your park visits safer and more enjoyable: Because of pandemic concerns, it’s advised to go out only with your immediate family and/or household and not in large groups. Take along masks to wear when narrow trails make social distancing difficult. Visit parks that are close to home.

If you go alone, tell someone responsible where you are going and when you expect to return. Upon return, check back in with that person. Take along a trail map. Maps of the regional parks are available on the East Bay Regional Park District’s website, ebparks.org. They’ re also available in boxes at trailhead information panels, though the park rangers can’t always keep up with restocking needs. It’s also a good idea to check the district website before leaving, to make sure there are no temporary restrictions at your planned destination.
Dress in layers and bring along rain gear. Weather conditions can change abruptly this time of year. It’s easier to remove extra clothing when it gets warm than it is to put on clothing you don’t have when it gets cold and wet.

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Don’t forget water and a snack. Because of the coronavirus, many park district drinking fountains have been turned off, and a snack can give you an energy boost. Bring water and a snack for your dog too, and be familiar with dog rules. In general, dogs can be off-leash in the backcountry as long as they’re under their owners’ control. This means Fido will come when called. If your dog starts chasing cows or wildlife or has uninvited interaction with

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