Parks & Outdoor Recreation Activities Permitted by State/County
In conjunction with the State of California and Los Angeles County orders, the City of La Verne has kept its parks open for passive use and limited or modified activities. As required by the State and County, physical distancing of at least six feet and face coverings are required while visiting all parks and participating in other outdoor recreational activities.
Individuals or members of the same household may enjoy La Verne’s parks for passive use, such as walking, dog-walking, jogging, hiking, biking or leisure time outdoors (e.g. picnics). Other outdoor recreation facilities have also been allowed to resume with modifications, including golf courses, trails, equestrian centers, tennis courts and community gardens, provided all activities adhere to distancing and infection control protocols.
On October 8, the City was allowed to re-open playgrounds and the skatepark with safety precautions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The skatepark will be open from 8 AM to dusk each day. The new playground rules include:
- All visitors over the age of 2 must wear a face mask.
- Eating and drink is prohibited on the playground.
- Visitors must wash or sanitize their hands before and after playground use.
- Six feet of physical distancing between members of different households is required.
- Visitors are encouraged to limit their visit to 30 minutes if others are waiting to enter the playground.
Similar to other nearby Los Angeles County communities, other park communal areas remain closed at this time to help limit the spread of COVID-19. This includes fitness equipment areas and basketball and volleyball courts. Multi-use fields such as baseball and soccer fields, however, may be used by the same family unit or with prior approval as detailed below. Restrooms are also open for park users’ convenience and cleaned on a daily basis. Group gatherings in park common areas with members outside of your household are not recommended, and gatherings of more than three households are not permitted by the State or County.
Local youth sports and travel teams have also been allowed to resume limited activities, as outlined by the State and County. While outdoor sporting events, like tournaments, games, scrimmages, traditional practices or competitions that would promote congregating, are not authorized by the State or County at this time, small group training or “clinics” are permitted as long as activities follow physical distancing and other established guidelines. The main purpose is to allow youth sports groups and travel teams to continue conditioning and practicing their skills, as long as the following guidelines are followed:
- Physical distancing of six feet between all players and coaches is required at all times.
- Basic COVID-19 screening is required for all youth league participants.
- Players must bring their own equipment and avoid sharing to the extent possible; where shared equipment is required, it must be disinfected frequently.
- All field users must wear appropriate facial coverings at all times.
Any La Verne youth sports groups or travel teams wishing to convene training clinics to help with conditioning and skill-building will need to complete an application, which can be accessed here, and return it back to the City for review and approval. Groups that have applied and have been permitted to resume limited activities include the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), Little League and LV Lazers.
The City encourages all La Verne residents to continue to enjoy the use of the community’s beautiful parks while following all State and County safety and health orders. This will ensure La Verne’s parks and outdoor programming can remain open and, hopefully in the near future, be allowed to resume additional activities.