COVID-19 Information

CITYWIDE PARK CLOSURES

Revised: November 5, 2020

In response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and in accordance with the most recent LA County Department of Public Health orders, and the Mayor’s Safer LA directives, the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks (RAP) provides the following update on programming, events, facilities, park amenities and usage of park sites, facilities and amenities.

ALL PARKS REMAIN OPEN UNDER NORMAL OPERATING HOURS FOR PASSIVE RECREATION. For operating hours please visit www.laparks.org.

Passive recreation includes walking, hiking or running; however, when visiting a park for exercise or respite, you MUST adhere to the City’s Safer at Home social distancing directives and must not participate in non-permitted recreational group sports or activities that are incompatible with the City’s social distancing mandates and wear face coverings at all times.

AT ALL TIMES ANYONE USING A PUBLIC PARK, BEACH OR TRAIL MUST WEAR A FACE COVERING AND PRACTICE MANDATORY SOCIAL DISTANCING.

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, the following remain closed to the public as follows (with the exception of most trails, golf courses, tennis, playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment, pickleball, skate parks & most fishing and limited beach access):

Recreational Amenities, Centers, Sports, Senior & Aquatic Centers, Museums, Rental Halls & Gardens

  • All recreation centers are closed.
  • All rental halls are closed.
  • All Department-run recreational and cultural programming, indoor and outdoor sports leagues, aquatics classes, instructional courses and group sessions are cancelled and will only be organized in conformance with County Health Guidelines and pursuant to operational capacity.
  • All aquatic facilities are closed.
  • All indoor “amenities” are closed. The following outdoor amenties are closed; baseball fields, turf & natural soccer fields and basketball courts (unless permitted pursuant to Department of Public Health guidelines).
  • As of October 5, all playgrounds and outdoor fitness equipment can be reopened for public use with mandatory social distancing and limited use up to 30 minutes. Playgrounds will begin to re-open individually as reconditioning cleaning, signage and safety inspections are completed.
  • All recreational groups sports are prohibited unless permitted in accordance with Department of County Health Guidelines.
  • The following Griffith Park areas are closed: the Observatory, Travel Town, Train Rides, the Pony Rides and the Merry Go Round and some access entry roads.
  • The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, Sherman Oaks Castle, and the EXPO Center are closed.
  • Wattles Gardens & Community Gardens are open during normal operating hours.
  • All senior citizen centers remain closed. Home delivered meals will continue to be delivered to seniors enrolled in the LA City Department of Aging program. For more information about this program and view a list of additional food and grocery resources, please vist aging.lacity.org/seniormeals
  • All Dog Parks remain open subject to mandatory social distancing requirements.

Filming, League Permits & Special Events

Valley Region Permits
818-765-0284
 
Metro/Pacific Region (including Shoreline District) Permits
818-246-5613
 
EXPO Center
213-763-0114 ext. 214
  • Reservations for filming or events facilities or permits at RAP locations will be issued only in conformance with State, County and City guidelines. Information on filming and special event permits can be found at www.laparks.org
Golf Courses
All golf courses are open for reservations. See www.golf.lacity.org for rules and regulations. All pro shops and in door dining are to remain closed except for take-out food purchases or paying for golf services. All golfers must wear face coverings.

Tennis
Tennis & Pickleball is open for single & doubles play. Players must wear face coverings at all times except for during play/match. Group lessons are limited to no more than 2 students per lesson. http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/docs/protocols/Reopening_TennisPickleballCourts.pdf

Hiking & Trails

  • All public hiking trails and trailheads are open with mandatory social distancing, face covering required for ages 2 and up and subject to capacity limitations and parking restrictions, including Runyon Canyon.
  • The Wisdom Tree Trail remains closed until further notice.
  • All equestrian-only trails remain open for horse riding with practiced social distancing.

Beaches & Piers

  • The Venice Beach & Cabrillo Piers are closed.
  • Fishing is open except at the Cabrillo Beach and the Venice Beach Piers.
  • All public beaches are open for active recreation only (running, walking, swimming and surfing– no group activities, no crowds/gatherings, chairs, canopies, coolers, grills, or sunbathing allowed on wet and dry sand).
  • Public beach parking lots are open with limited capacity.
  • The Venice Beach Boardwalk/Ocean Front Walk is closed – with limited access to businesses for curbside pick-up only. This means you can only be on the boardwalk to pick up take-out food or to access a business goods for curbside pick-up in compliance with the City and County Orders. You cannot loiter on the Boardwalk for any other purpose and will be allowed to enter and exit only to access these services.

Bathrooms

  • All Recreation and Parks public bathrooms located throughout the City will remain open during regular operating hours.
  • Venice Beach Bathrooms remain open as follows: The Horizon Avenue Bathrooms (aka (Westminster Bathrooms) remain open 24 hours. There are 7 portable bathrooms located on Rose Avenue that remain open 24 hours with handwashing stations.
  • The other City Beach restrooms, Washington Blvd. Pier, the North Venice Parking Lot Restroom, the 17th /1700 Restrooms and the Brooks Avenue Restrooms are open 6:15 AM to 10:30 PM.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact rap.publicinfo@lacity.org or call 311 or the Mayor’s Help Desk. This information is also available online at laparks.org/covid-19-information.

 

 

 


CITYWIDE PARK CLOSURES - Revised: May 20, 2020

In response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and in accordance with the most recent LA County Department of Public and Health orders, and the Mayor’s Safer at Home directives, the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks (RAP) provides the following update on programming, events, facilities, park amenities and usage.

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, the following remain closed to the public as follows (with the exceptions of most trails, golf courses, tennis, pickle ball & most fishing and limited beach access):

  • All recreation centers are closed.
  • All recreation and cultural programming, indoor and outdoor sports leagues, aquatics classes, instructional courses and group sessions are cancelled.
  • All aquatic facilities are closed.
  • All golf courses are open for reservations. See https://golf.lacity.org/ for rules and regulations. All pro shops and in door dining are to remain closed except for take-out food purchases or paying for golf services. All golfers must wear face coverings.
  • All indoor & outdoor sport amenities are closed. This includes all skate parks, playgrounds, baseball fields, turf & natural soccer fields, and basketball courts.
  • Tennis & Pickle Ball is open for single play only - sunrise or opening hours to sunset only. Players must wear face coverings at all times except for during play/match.
  • All recreational group sports or activities are prohibited except for Tennis and Golf.
  • All public hiking trails and trailheads in the City of Los Angeles are open with mandatory social distancing, face covering required for ages 2 and up and subject to capacity limitations and parking restrictions. Runyon Canyon & The Wisdom Tree Trail remains closed until further notice.
  • All equestrian-only trails remain open with practiced social distancing.
  • The Venice Beach Pier is closed.
  • Fishing is open except for Cabrillo Beach and Venice Beach Pier.
  • All public beaches are open for active recreation only (running, walking, swimming & surfing – no group activities, no crowds/gatherings, chairs, canopies, coolers, grills, or sunbathing allowed on wet and dry sand). Public beach parking lots, piers and beach access points remain closed.
  • The Venice Beach Boardwalk/Ocean Front Walk is closed – with limited access to businesses for curbside pick-up only. This means you can only be on the boardwalk to pick up take-out food or to access a business goods for curbside pick-up in compliance with the City and County Safer at Home Orders. You cannot loiter on the Boardwalk for any other purpose and will be allowed to enter and exit only to access these services.
  • Venice Beach Bathrooms remain open as follows: The Horizon Avenue Bathrooms (aka (Westminster Bathrooms) remain open 24 hours. There are 7 portable bathrooms located on Rose Avenue that remain open 24 hours with handwashing stations.
  • The other City Beach restrooms, Washington Blvd. Pier, the North Venice Parking Lot Restroom, the 17th /1700 Restrooms and the Brooks Avenue Restrooms are open 6:15 AM to 10:30 PM.  
  • All other Citywide RAP, Public Bathrooms located throughout the City will remain open during regular operating hours.
  • The following Griffith Park areas are closed: the Observatory, Travel Town, Train Rides, the Pony Rides and the Merry Go Round and some access entry roads.
  • The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, Sherman Oaks Castle, and the EXPO Center are closed.
  • Access to census stations will be permitted, but there shall be no more than 10 people at a time in the facility.
  • Wattles Gardens remains closed until further notice.
  • All senior citizen centers remain closed. Home delivered meals will continue to be delivered to seniors enrolled in LA City Department of Aging program. To enroll in this program, please call 213-482-7252. The Department of Aging is reachable Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm for more information regarding meal services.
  • All events and permits at all RAP sites or locations are canceled.
  • New reservations for facilities or permits at RAP locations will be temporarily suspended.
  • All Dog Parks remain open subject to mandatory social distancing requirements.

Parks still remain open for walking, hiking or running; however, when visiting a park for exercise or respite, you MUST adhere to the City’s Safer at Home social distancing directives and must not participate in recreational group sports or activities that are incompatible with the City’s social distancing mandates and wear face coverings at all times.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact rap.publicinfo@lacity.org or call 311 or the Mayor’s Help Desk.

 

TENNIS & PICKLEBALL COURT GUIDELINES

While enjoying the courts, please adhere to the following rules to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • Participants will be required to wear face coverings at all times, except during play. 
  • No group gatherings allowed and physical distancing of six (6) feet must be maintained at all times.
  • Only singles play will be permitted.
  • Wash and sanitize hands frequently.
  • Pay online to reserve courts when possible. 
  • One-hour maximum play may be enforced on heavy traffic days.
  • Only six balls will be allowed on each court at one time.   
  • Each participant must bring their own bucket of balls with their initials on each ball.
  • Participants will only be permitted to handle their own tennis and pickleball balls.

The following tennis and pickleball courts are closed due to COVID-19 related emergency response:

  • Granada Hills Recreation Center
  • Green Meadows Recreation Center
  • Lafayette Recreation Center
  • North Hollywood Recreation Center
  • Northridge Recreation Center
  • Saint Andrews Recreation Center
  • Shatto Recreation Center
  • Valley Plaza Recreation Center
  • Westchester Tennis Courts
  • Westwood Tennis Courts (Upper)
  • Woodland Hills Recreation Center (Upper & Lower)
  • Yosemite Recreation Center
  • Venice Beach Boardwalk Paddle Tennis  

LAKE & FISHING GUIDELINES

While enjoying the lake, please adhere to the following rules to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • Walking/running allowed.
  • Face coverings required out of water and around others for all beach and lake goers. Exceptions will be made for children under 2 years of age and people with disabilities. 
  • 6+ feet physical distancing is required between individuals outside of the same household. Violators may be fined or penalized. 
  • Fishing is allowed.
  • No chairs, canopies, coolers or picknicking. 
  • No volleyball, group sports, gatherings or events.
  • Please do not stay in the area to hang out. Recreate with caution. When you're done, head home. 
  • Stay home if you or people you live with are sick. 

Stay healthy, stay safe! 

 

Additional Resources

COVID-19: Keeping Los Angeles Safe

Novel Coronavirus in Los Angeles County

Temporary LA City Park Closures Updated 5.15.20

LA City Park Closures Updated 5.15.20 Flyer (English & Spanish) 

 

If you have any questions regarding park operations, please contact rap.publicinfo@lacity.org or call 213-202-2700. COVID-19 related questions and comments, please call  213-978-1028 or 311.

 


 

CITYWIDE PARK CLOSURES - Last Updated: April 9, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 8, 2020

CONTACT: Mayor’s Communications Office, (213) 978-0741

MAYOR GARCETTI: CITY OF L.A. PARKS FULLY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC ON SUNDAY

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today that all City of Los Angeles parks will be closed to the public for more than 24 hours beginning Saturday evening. The move comes ahead of Easter Sunday, to help encourage Angelenos to remain in their homes at a critical moment in the fight against COVID-19.

“I know this is a time of the year when many of our families and friends celebrate Easter by getting together outdoors –– and we just can’t take any chances right now,” said Mayor Garcetti. “The holidays are special moments in our lives, but we’re all safer at home. Let’s create new memories and traditions this year, so that we can flatten the curve, save lives, and look forward to seeing each other again when it's safe.”

Currently, trailheads, recreation centers and all City park amenities are closed –– with parks open only for walking or jogging. Today, the Mayor has directed the Department of Recreation and Parks to fully close all parks beginning the evening of Saturday, April 11 through the morning of Monday, April 13. Restrooms in parks will remain open during normal hours.

Mayor Garcetti’s “Safer at Home” emergency order requires City of Los Angeles residents to remain in their homes except for the most essential activities — including critical tasks such as securing food and health, safety and medical necessities, as well as caring for children, elder adults, family, friends and people with disabilities. Mayor Garcetti and City Attorney Mike Feuer have said that the City will strongly enforce against out-of-compliance businesses when necessary, and the Mayor has ordered that workers providing non-medical essential services  — and their customers — must wear face coverings while in those work locations.

Mayor Garcetti has taken several emergency actions in the fight against the spread of COVID-19, including expanding access to free testing for all L.A. County residents who show symptoms; a plan to shelter thousands of Angelenos experiencing homelessness; restrictions placed on bars, nightclubs, restaurants, movie theaters, entertainment venues, bowling alleys and arcades, gyms and fitness centers; and limits on public gatherings in City facilities. 

The Mayor has also taken a number of steps to support residents and businesses during the local emergency — including an order to require face coverings placing a moratorium on residential and commercial evictions and water and power shutoffs and a halt to rent increases on rent-stabilized housing. He has relaxed parking and law enforcement for violations related to vehicle registration and driver’s license cards during the COVID-19 emergency period. 

More details and answers to frequently asked questions can be found at coronavirus.lacity.org.

 


CITYWIDE PARK CLOSURES - Last Updated: April 7, 2020

In response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and in accordance with the most recent LA County Department of Public and Health orders, and the Mayor’s Safer at Home directives, the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks (RAP) provides the following update on programming, events, facilities, park amenities and usage.

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, the following remain closed to the public:

  • All recreation centers are closed.
  • All recreation and cultural programming, indoor and outdoor sports leagues, aquatics classes, instructional courses and group sessions are cancelled.
  • All aquatic facilities are closed.
  • All golf courses are closed.
  • All indoor & outdoor sport amenities are closed. This includes all skate parks, tennis courts, playgrounds, baseball fields, turf & natural soccer fields, and basketball courts.
  • All recreational group sports or activities are prohibited.
  • All public hiking trails and trailheads in the City of Los Angeles are closed.
  • All equestrian-only trails remain open with practiced social distancing.
  • The Venice Beach Pier is closed.
  • All public beaches, public beach parking lots, piers and beach access points are closed.
  • The Venice Beach Boardwalk/Ocean Front Walk is closed – with limited access to essential businesses.
  • The following Griffith Park areas are closed: the Observatory, Travel Town, Train Rides, the Pony Rides and the Merry Go Round, all trails and trailheads and some access entry roads.
  • The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, Sherman Oaks Castle, and the EXPO Center are closed.
  • Access to census stations will be permitted, but there shall be no more than 10 people at a time in the facility.
  • All senior citizen centers remain closed. Home delivered meals will continue to be delivered to seniors enrolled in LA City Department of Aging program. To enroll in this program, please call 213-482-7252. The Department of Aging is reachable Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm for more information regarding meal services.
  • Restrooms accessible to the outdoors will remain open during regular operating hours.
  • All events and permits at all RAP sites or locations are canceled.
  • New reservations for facilities or permits at RAP locations will be temporarily suspended.
  • All Dog Parks remain open subject to mandatory social distancing requirements.

 

Parks still remain open for walking or running; however, when visiting a park for exercise or respite, you MUST adhere to the City’s Safer at Home social distancing directives and must not participate in recreational group sports or activities that are incompatible with the City’s social distancing mandates.

Additional Resources

COVID-19: Keeping Los Angeles Safe

LA County Public Health Beaches & Trails Addendum

Mayor Garcetti's Safer at Home Order

Novel Coronavirus in Los Angeles County

 

If you have any questions regarding park operations, please contact rap.publicinfo@lacity.org or call 213-202-2700.

COVID-19 related questions and comments, please call  213-978-1028 or 311.

 


 

Update, March 19, 2020: 

Following the City of Los Angeles and LA County's "Safer at Home" Directives, all playgrounds and fitness zones will be closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Parks will remain open during regular park hours.

Siguiendo las directivas de "Seguridad en el Hogar" de la ciudad de Los Ángeles y del condado de Los Ángeles, todos los parques infantiles y gimnasios al aire libre estarán cerrados hasta nuevo aviso debido a la pandemia de COVID-19. Los parques permanecerán abiertos durante las horas regulares del parque.


 

 


Update, March 24, 2020: All Multipurpose Senior Centers and dining sites are closed to the public. All programs and activities at all facilities will be canceled.

Home delivered meals will continue to be delivered as usual. Senior Centers will also offer a grab-and-go meal service where older adults can send their family members, friends or caregivers under the age of 65 to pick-up pre-packaged meals, Monday through Friday. Distribution times vary; a full list of locations and times for meal pick-up can be found here. You can also call 213-482-7252 for assistance — or use this map with plans for each site: http://bit.ly/agingla

 


 

 

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UPDATE FROM THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION & PARKS ON OPERATIONAL CHANGES IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

 

Last Updated: March 14, 2020

 

As the situation surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) evolves, the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks (RAP) is providing an update on changes to programming, events and facility usage.

 

We continue to prioritize the health and safety of our staff, program participants, park guests, team members and community. We are working closely with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) and City leaders to ensure our parks and the community receive credible information and guidance during this challenging time.

 

Out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with guidance from State and local health officials to prevent the spread of COVID-19, RAP is implementing following changes effective as of March 13, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. through April 4, 2020:

  • All recreation centers will be closed. All recreation and cultural programming at all facilities will be canceled. This includes all recreational and cultural activities, indoor and outdoor sports leagues, aquatics classes, instructional courses, and group sessions. EXCEPTION: Access to census stations will be permitted, but there shall be no more than 50 people at a time in the facility.
  • All Senior Citizen Centers will be closed. Dining centers for older adults will be contacting participants to provide information regarding meal distribution at the dining centers beginning Monday, March 16, 2020. Home delivered meals will continue to be delivered. Older adults can contact the centers they participate at directly or reach the LA City Department of Aging at 213-482-7252. The Department of Aging is reachable Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm for more information regarding meal services.
  • Outdoor park space and amenities will remain open during regular park hours.
  • Restrooms accessible to the outdoors will remain open during regular operating hours.
  • The Griffith Observatory will be closed as well as Travel Town, Train Rides, Pony Rides and the Merry Go Round.
  • The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, Sherman Oaks Castle and the EXPO Center will be closed.
  • All aquatics facilities will be closed.
  • Golf courses will remain open but subject to change.
  • All events and permits of 50 people or more at all RAP sites or locations are canceled.
  • New reservations for facilities or permits at RAP locations will be temporarily suspended.

We know many of you rely on our programs and sites as crucial community resources. Therefore, we appreciate your support and understanding as we adapt to this evolving health emergency and work to  keep your safety at our forefront. We will continue to assess daily operations and consult with local health officials, which may require further changes.

 

We encourage you to visit the LA County Public Health website for information and guidance, available in multiple languages, on COVID-19: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus.

 

We also strongly encourage you to take everyday actions to prevent the spread of germs.

  • Stay home when sick. 
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Limit close contact with people who are sick.
  • Practice social distancing at a minimum of 6 feet.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact rap.publicinfo@lacity.org or call 213-202-2700.

 


 

 

 

ACTUALIZACIÓN DE LA CIUDAD DE LOS ÁNGELES DEPARTAMENTO DE RECREACIÓN Y PARQUES SOBRE CAMBIOS OPERATIVOS EN RESPUESTA A COVID-19

 

Última actualización: 14 de Marzo de 2020

 

A medida que evoluciona la situación que rodea al nuevo coronavirus (COVID-19), el Departamento de Recreación y Parques de Los Ángeles (RAP) proporciona una actualización sobre los cambios en la programación, eventos y el uso de las instalaciones.

 

Continuamos priorizando la salud y la seguridad de nuestro personal, participantes del programa, visitantes del parque, miembros del equipo y la comunidad. Estamos trabajando junto al Departamento de Salud Pública (Salud Pública) del Condado de Los Ángeles y los líderes de la Ciudad para garantizar que nuestros parques y la comunidad reciban información y orientación creíbles durante este momento difícil.

 

Por precaución y de acuerdo con las pautas de los funcionarios de salud estatales y locales para prevenir la propagación de COVID-19, RAP está implementando los siguientes cambios efectivos a partir del 13 de Marzo de 2020 a las 5:00 p.m. hasta el 4 de Abril de 2020:

  • Todos los centros de recreación estarán cerrados. Toda la programación recreativa y cultural en todas las instalaciones será cancelada. Esto incluye todas las actividades recreativas y culturales, ligas deportivas cubiertas y al aire libre, clases de deportes acuáticos, cursos de instrucción y sesiones grupales. EXCEPCIÓN: Se permitirá el acceso a las estaciones del censo, pero no habrá más de 50 personas a la vez en la instalación.
  • Todos los centros para adultos mayores estarán cerrados. Todos los centros para adultos mayores estarán cerrados. Los centros de comidas para personas mayores se comunicarán con los participantes para brindarles información sobre la distribución de comidas en el centro a cual atienden a partir del lunes 16 de Marzo de 2020. Las comidas entregadas a domicilio continuarán entregándose. Los adultos mayores pueden comunicarse con su centro de adultos mayores de usos múltiples o con el Departamento de Envejecimiento de Los Ángeles al 213-482-7252, de lunes a viernes de 8:00 a.m. a 5:00 p.m. para obtener más información sobre sus servicios. 
  • Parques, espacios al aire libre y las comodidades permanecerán abiertas durante el horario regular del parque.
  • Los baños accesibles en parques al aire libre permanecerán abiertos durante las horas regulares de operación.
  • El Observatorio Griffith estará cerrado, así como Travel Town, paseos en tren, paseos en poni, y carrusel.
  • El acuario marino de Cabrillo, el castillo de Sherman Oaks y el Centro EXPO estarán cerrados.
  • Todas las instalaciones acuáticas estarán cerradas.
  • Los campos de golf permanecerán abiertos pero sujetos a cambios.
  • Se cancelan todos los eventos y permisos de 50 personas o más en todos los sitios o ubicaciones de RAP.
  • Las nuevas reservas para instalaciones o permisos en ubicaciones RAP se suspenderán temporalmente.

Sabemos que muchos de ustedes confían en nuestros programas y sitios como recursos comunitarios cruciales. Por lo tanto, apreciamos su apoyo y comprensión mientras nos adaptamos a la evolución cambiante de este estado de emergencia de salud y trabajamos para mantener su seguridad como nuestra prioridad. Continuaremos evaluando las operaciones diarias y consultando con los funcionarios locales de salud, lo que puede requerir más cambios.

 

Le recomendamos que visite el sitio web de Salud Pública del Condado de Los Ángeles para obtener información y orientación, disponible en varios idiomas, en COVID-19: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus.

 

También le recomendamos que tome medidas cotidianas para prevenir la propagación de gérmenes.

  • Quédese en casa cuando esté enfermo.
  • Lávese las manos a menudo con agua y jabón durante al menos 20 segundos.
  • Limite el contacto cercano con personas enfermas.
  • Practique el distanciamiento social a un mínimo de 6 pies.

Si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud, comuníquese con rap.publicinfo@lacity.org o llame al 213-202-2700.