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PRNS Facility and Programs Reopenings

Post Date:08/03/2020 12:00 PM

The City of San José continues to monitor and follow all recent County and State Orders and guidance. Read the July 24, 2020 County Order.

Phased Approach to Opening Park Amenities

The new County and State orders allow some park amenities to reopen with new protocols in place. San José closed more than 1,000 amenities that will reopen in a phased approach.

Those who choose to use opened park amenities are expected to abide by all posted signage as well as the Orders and guidance from the County Health Officer. This includes staying out of closed amenities, no sharing of recreational equipment, and only using open facilities with members of your household. Social gatherings are still prohibited.

Other amenities remain closed. Violators may be subject to fines of $100 or more. For a current list of park and facility closures, please visit

Basketball and Volleyball Court 

Basketball and volleyball courts will begin to reopen over the course of several weeks as park staff reinstall hoops and nets. Those who choose to use newly opened recreational amenities must follow all posted signage as well as County Health Orders. Rules include no competitive play, everyone (ages 2 and up) must wear a face covering when not exercising, stay 6 feet from anyone outside your household, and stay home if you are sick.

Communications Hill Staircase

The Communications Hill Staircase has reopened to the public. Please do your part to protect the health and safety of our community by following all posted signage and public health orders. 


On Monday June 15, most San José park restrooms opened. The restrooms will be cleaned according to their use. Most frequented park restrooms will be cleaned three-times a day; less frequented restrooms will be cleaned once or twice a day, commensurate with their use. A few restroom buildings remain closed to the public as they are being used by children in summer camps. For a list of closed restrooms, visit Drinking fountains remain closed until further notice. Park visitors are encouraged to bring their own water. Those seeking to have fun and find physical and mental health at a park must follow all State and County guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including practicing physical distancing.   

Alum Rock Park

Eagle Rock Parking Lot at Alum Rock Park will be closed to all use from Tuesday, August 4 through Saturday, August 8 for San Jose Police Department training.  Access to the lot and adjoining picnic areas is closed to vehicles, pedestrians, bicycle riders and horses.

The City of San José reopened Alum Rock Park on Thursday, June 11, with limited parking and limited restroom facilities available to the public. 

All parking inside the park is FREE at this time. Please avoid parking in the congested neighborhood outside the park entrance by utilizing the FREE parking during this time.

Visitors must bring their own water (drinking fountains remain closed) and are not allowed to use picnic tables or BBQ pits or bring their own tables, chairs, or BBQs. Visitors must also practice social distancing, follow all posted signage and abide by all County Public Health orders and park rules. The park opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 8 p.m. The parking lots will close to vehicle entry at 6:30 p.m.


San José park benches are now open. With benches in 206 parks, it will take time to open all of them for public use. Benches users must not gather with people outside their household.

Dog Parks

San Jose's 13 dog parks will open on Tuesday, June 9. Residents and their four-legged friends who choose to use the reopened dog parks must follow all posted signage and abide by all Santa Clara County Public Health Orders and conditions. This includes staying home if you or your pet are sick, and not entering a dog park if you can’t stay six feet away from others.

Dog park visitors must stay out of closed areas and not share recreational equipment with others. A face covering is required unless you meet the exemptions in the County Health Officer’s Critical Guidance on Face Coverings. Water fountains remain closed until further notice, please bring your own water. 

 Locations with reopened dog parks  
  • Butcher Dog Park
  • Cannery Park
  • Del Monte Park
  • Discovery Dog Park
  • Esther Medina Park
  • Jeffrey Fontana Dog Park
  • Miyuki Dog Park
  • Raleigh Dog Park
  • Ryland Dog Park
  • Saratoga Creek Dog Park
  • Selma Olinder Dog Park
  • St. James Park
  • Watson Dog Park

Golf Courses

The three San José golf courses will reopen on May 5, 2020. The following course operators must comply with the County protocols to open and safely operate the courses:

Calabazas Park BMX Track

Calabazas BMX track reopened on June 3. For the health and safety of the public, physical distancing must be maintained at all times, 6-feet between others.


On May 9, skateparks, except Lake Cunningham Action Sports Park (LCASP), will open. LCASP will remain closed until further notice as staff prepare plans for reopening with program modifications.

The following skateparks will reopen:

  • Great Oaks Park
  • Mayfair Park
  • Plata Arroyo Park
  • Roosevelt Park
  • Stonegate Park
  • West Evergreen Park  

Sport fields

Most of the 65 sport fields are now open. Sport field users must not gather with people outside their household. To prevent overuse, the sport fields at Ramac and Watson parks will remain closed. For a current list of park and facility closures, please visit

San Jose fields are now available for summer camp, class or practice reservations! If your sports league or program is interested in offering summer camps, classes and/or practices for baseball, soccer practice or other non-contact sports activities on City of San José fields, please contact for more information.

All summer camps, classes and practices must consist of stable groups of 12 or fewer participants, and follow all appropriate social distancing protocols. The complete County summer camp guidelines can be found here.

Locations with reopened sport fields
  • Alviso Park
  • Backesto Park
  • Bernal Park
  • Berryessa Creek Park
  • Boggini Park
  • Bramhall Park
  • Brooktree Park
  • Butcher Park
  • Cahalan Park
  • Calabazas Park
  • Columbus Park 
  • De Anza Park
  • Del Monte Soccer Field
  • Doerr park
  • Flickinger Park
  • George Page Park
  • Great Oaks Park
  • Hamann Park
  • Hathaway Park
  • Hillview Park
  • Kirk Park 
  • La Colina 
  • Lone Hill Park
  • Mise Park
  • O'Malley Park
  • Ocala Fields
  • Olinder Park
  • Paul Moore Park
  • River Glen Park
  • Roosevelt Park
  • Santana Park
  • Sheppard Field
  • Silver Creek Linear Park
  • Solari Park
  • Starbird Park
  • T.J. Martin Park
  • Tully Ballfields
  • Vista Montana Park
  • Welch Park
  • Windmill Springs
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