At a time when many parks or park facilities are closing (but not Cesar Chavez, so far) and there’s some confusion about what social distancing means outdoors, here are two new info sheets about where to go and what to do in the great local outdoors. They’re from Susan Schwartz, a longtime local parks lover, activist, and organizer. Susan heads Friends of Five Creeks, an amazing group of hardworking volunteers who do hand-to-hand combat with noxious weeds along creeksides, and she’s webmaster of BPFP.org, the website of Berkeley Partners for Parks.
The first info sheet is titled “Where to experience the outdoors in the Berkeley/Albany/El Cerrito/Kensington area” and it shows you lots of outdoor places to walk besides the most popular ones, many of which are now restricted. Download a PDF copy here. It also contains sensible reminders about the ABCs of staying healthy and virus-free in the great outdoors.
The other info sheet is “Creek Walks in the Berkeley/Albany/El Cerrito/Kensington area” and leads you into a very special outdoor experience — walking alongside the creeks (or what’s left of them) that carry water from the hills to the Bay. Much citizen effort has gone into preserving or restoring these natural waterways and their aprons. Download a PDF copy here.
Thanks to Susan for forwarding these items. We need this kind of material now more than ever.