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San Luis Obispo County Parks & Recreation

Think Outside with SLO County Parks

San Luis Obispo County Parks & Recreation

Think Outside with SLO County Parks

San Luis Obispo County Parks & Recreation

Think Outside with SLO County Parks

San Luis Obispo County Parks & Recreation

Think Outside with SLO County Parks

San Luis Obispo County Parks & Recreation

Think Outside with SLO County Parks

Welcome to San Luis Obispo County Parks!

Our goal is to offer you the most enjoyable and rewarding recreational experience possible on California’s Central Coast. We manage a wide range of facilities including trails, golf courses, campgrounds, pools, picnic sites and more. Our Mission is to ensure diverse opportunities for recreation and the personal enrichment of the County’s residents and visitors while protecting its natural, cultural, and historical resources. To put it more simply, we invite you to visit SLO County Parks, have fun, and “Think Outside!”

 

As of now boating is still allowed on our lakes. However, as things rapidly change there remains the possibility of future closures.  Please check back before heading out.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

 

County Parks’ DEER Program Earns Award of Excellence

The California Park and Recreation Society (CPRS), District 8, presented County Parks with an Award of Excellence in Environmental Stewardship for its Discovering the Environment through Education and Recreation (DEER) program on November 15. This award recognizes the program for embodying and embracing the values and mission of the profession and moving the agency towards a stronger role in the community. The Ranger-led program introduces parks and open space to children of all ages and teaches them to enjoy, appreciate and protect these spaces throughout their lives. The DEER program is funded through two California State Habitat Conservation Fund Grants and through the support of many partners including San Luis Obispo Parks, Open Space and Trails, Friends of Lopez Lake, the Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo, Big Brothers – Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club, Youth in Action and the Hind Foundation.

The Following Actions are Being Taken Across SLO County


On Thursday, March 26:

  • The County is posting signs reminding residents they must keep a distance of at least six feet from others at sports courts, dog parks, skate parks and other areas. These areas may be closed if physical distancing requirements are ignored.
  • City-owned parking lots and parking meters in Pismo Beach will be strictly limited to one hour.
  • Pismo Beach will strictly enforce physical distancing requirements on beaches. People may visit beaches to walk, jog, surf and swim but must keep a distance of at least six feet from other people.
  • Pismo Beach Pier will be closed to the public.
  • San Luis Obispo will strictly enforce physical distancing requirements for trails and parks. People may visit City parks and trails, but must keep a distance of at least six feet from other people.

On Friday, March 27:

  • Parking lots will be closed at all coastal County parks starting at noon. This includes Cayucos, Hardie and Shamel parks.
  • Parking lots will be closed at all Morro Bay beaches (including Morro Rock, Coleman Beach, Pit and Sand parking lots) at 6 p.m. The Morro Bay public boat launch will also close. (The boat launch will remain open to commercial fishing).
  • Morro Bay will strictly enforce physical distancing requirements on beaches. People may visit beaches to walk, jog, surf and swim but must keep a distance of at least six feet from other people.
  • All County campgrounds will be closed. Reservations from March 27 through April 30 will be canceled for a full refund. Existing campers will be required to leave no later than Thursday, April 2.

On Monday, March 30 at noon:

  • El Chorro Regional Park will be closed, as the County will be using that site as a location to care for homeless individuals who test positive for COVID-19. This includes the campground, day use areas and golf course.

County Park Rangers will continue to patrol closed campgrounds. The County will coordinate with local organizations to ensure that existing services for people who are homeless are not disrupted.

For updates on COVID-19 in SLO County: Visit ReadySLO.org or call the recorded Public Health Information Line at (805) 788-2903. A staffed phone assistance center at (805) 543-2444 is available seven (7) days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for questions related to COVID-19. To report a business violating the Shelter at Home order, call (805) 788-2222.

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