City Parks Open
March 27, 2020
Santa Maria City Parks open for Everyone to “Find Your Space”
The Santa Maria City Recreation and Parks Department is taking part in the national “Find your space” campaign by ensuring that City parks are safe for everyone to visit during this stressful time of staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign emphasizes getting outside for exercise to relieve stress, while maintaining the six-foot social distancing rule.
“Studies show that in healthy participants a brief nature experience, such as a 45- to 90-minute walk in a natural setting, decreases rumination and other negative brain activities, whereas a walk in an urban setting may not. Having accessible natural areas in urban contexts may be a critical resource for mental health in our overly stressed world,” according to a recent article. (Teresa L. Penbrooke, PhD, CPRE is the Director of the Healthy Communities Research Group for GP RED and CEO and Founder of GreenPlay.)
Recreation and Park Department employees have focused their energy in providing the community with these brief nature experiences in neighborhood parks and at the 1,700-acre Los Flores Ranch Park (6271 Dominion Road) located in the Orcutt Hills. Every day, Park Division employees clean and sanitize picnic tables and playground equipment, empty trash cans, and they have posted informational signs reminding park users to maintain a six-foot distance from non-family members while using parks and hiking trails.
Governor Newsom’s shelter in place order is very specific and bans the gathering of persons in social settings. This includes participation in team-type sports such as basketball, or other team sports where a six foot distance cannot be maintained. City Rangers are making contact with any large group gathering in parks to remind them about the distancing requirement and to direct them to disperse, for their own health and safety.
“In an effort to get the word out to our teen residents of how critical it is for youth to take seriously the six-foot distancing rule, we are working with the Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Safety, comprised of local high school student leaders, to create public service announcement for TV and radio emphasizing this issue,” Recreation and Parks Director Alex Posada said.
The Recreation and Parks Department facilities are closed to limit risk exposure of the virus among the public, and employees. Phones are being answered; questions may be directed to the administrative offices at (805) 925-0951 extension 2260. Also, visit https://www.cityofsantamaria.org/coronavirus for updates about City services
Department: Recreation and Parks
Contact Person: Alex Posada, Director
Telephone Number: (805) 925-0951 ext. 2260
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