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San Diego Reopens Some Neighborhood Parks For Limited Use

A closed sign is posted to a tree at North Park Community Park, April 20, 2020.
Andrew Bowen
A closed sign is posted to a tree at North Park Community Park, April 20, 2020.
Neighborhood parks in San Diego are set to partially reopen on Tuesday, a month after the coronavirus pandemic forced their closure. Playgrounds, beaches and regional parks will remain closed for now.

Neighborhood parks in San Diego are set to partially reopen on Tuesday, a month after the coronavirus pandemic forced their closure.

Check out the full list of reopened parks here.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer said the decision last month to close parks was made after officials observed group gatherings that violated state and local public health orders. But he said since then, San Diegans have acted more responsibly.

"We want to provide, of course, an outlet for people to be physically and mentally active as we grapple with this new normal going forward," he said. "You can go to a neighborhood park, as long as you practice physical distancing. You can participate in individual activities such as walking or jogging. And we strongly recommend, as the county does, that you wear facial coverings."

Parking lots at neighborhood parks, playgrounds and basketball and tennis courts will remain closed, as will beaches, golf courses and regional parks such as Mission Bay Park.

Parts of Balboa Park that act as more community-based parks would be open, the mayor said, but Balboa Park's regional attractions would be closed.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said some city parks will reopen to the public Tuesday, following weeks of COVID-19 related closures, but there will be some extra rules. Also on KPBS’ San Diego News Matters podcast: San Diego Unified School District could extend distance learning through the summer to make up for lost instruction and more local news you need.