The coming storm has prompted the East Bay Regional Park District to close all its parks at least until Friday, the district said Tuesday afternoon.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch and high wind warning for the San Francisco Bay Area with flooding, landslides, and rapidly rising rivers and creeks possible. The district said in a statement that public safety is it’s top priority and asks residents not to enter closed parks. It says public safety personnel may not be able to respond to emergencies due to road and trail conditions.
Anyone entering regional parks when closed is subject to citation or arrest for violation of the district’s ordinance 38.
The park district said it plans to reopen the majority of parks on Friday, after conditions are assessed. High winds and the saturated ground can cause falling trees and branches, which can cause injury and create safety hazards.
When parks are reopened, visitors are encouraged to be mindful of conditions and exercise caution in the parks.
For up-to-date information regarding park closures and re-openings, visit www.ebparks.org.