Major recreational areas in South Pasadena are off limits.
That’s the order passed down from the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health.
On Monday, the city closed the tennis courts and playground areas at Garfield Park and Orange Grove Park, along with the city’s skate park, the dog park and horse trail within Arroyo Seco Park – South Pasadena’s largest recreation area.
No city parks are closed – although, minus tennis courts and playground areas, this will likely dampen the spirit of some who have come to expect nothing but fun at the sites around town.
Included in the closures is the Arroyo Seco Pedestrian and Bicycle Trail in Arroyo Seco Park, shut down out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with guidance from state, county and local health officials to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“While we understand that trails are a beloved form of recreation that offer much needed opportunities for exercise, respite, getting fresh air, and connecting with nature, the unprecedented high volume of trail users recently has made it impossible for the public,” reads to Trails County website. “As a result, many trails and related facilities have been closed and/or have modified operations in the interest of public health.”
Violation or failure to comply is a crime punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both, based on the addendum to the county’s “Safer at Home” order.
Along with public trails, the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health has ordered the temporarily closure of all beaches, piers, beach bike paths and beach access points.
Parks remain open in city for walking or jogging, while users are encouraged to use social distancing.
“We want our residents to stay healthy during this time by enjoying a walk or jog in our parks,” said South Pasadena City Manager Stephanie DeWolfe. “During their visit to the parks, they should follow social distancing rules and avoid the play areas, which are closed, to flatten the curve.”
While President Donald Trump had hoped to open up and get the country “roaring to go” by Easter, April 12, on Sunday he extended federal guidelines on social distancing through April 30 in an effort to slow the spread of the disease.