Important information: PARK CLOSURES


BY ORDER OF LA MAYOR GARCETTI’S OFFICE Griffith Park is NOW CLOSED! For the safety and ongoing wellness of everyone, especially those who protect the park, please refrain from entering Griffith Park. If you must recreate, do so in your neighborhood!

CITYWIDE PARK CLOSURES – Last Updated: March 27, 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, beach bathrooms, 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.

As one of Los Angeles’ gems, Griffith Park may face closure, due to the increasing problems associated with coronavirus.

While Friends of Griffith Park is getting information up as quickly as possible, we MUST emphasize the importance of MAINTAINING YOUR DISTANCE when hiking or recreating in this park. This is for your safety as well as the safety of others.

Because fire roads in Griffith Park are wide and accommodating, this shouldn’t be a problem for hikers. But the situation remains fluid with closures of Bronson Canyon, Griffith Observatory sidewalks and trails connecting to it, as well as surrounding parks like Runyon Canyon (completely) and the Lake Hollywood loop (sporadic closures). It’s imperative to remain courteous and vigilant of everyone on trails and if this park is closed, please STAY OUT!

Mayor Garcetti and City Attorney Mike Feuer have indicated there will be strong enforcement of the City’s “Safer at Home” emergency order, which will require Angelenos to remain in their residences in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re waiting to see if this order will be implemented.

In the meantime, STAY TUNED for further details on closures and, here’s a link to an LA Times article on responsible recreating.


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