The City encourages continued compliance with social distancing and health and safety guidelines to avoid having to retract openings due to non-compliance.
Face coverings are required at all times on Belmont’s Open Space trails for ages 13+. These decisions are made for everyone’s safety.
Currently closed: Basketball courts, playgrounds/swings, barbecue areas, picnic areas, park restrooms, and water fountains remain closed. Tennis courts and dog parks/off-leash areas have been tentatively open.
Important guidelines are in place to keep everyone safe in our parks and open spaces. Per the County Health Officer’s statements, please heed the following:
1. Stay home as much as possible
Exercise and sanity are absolutely important, however, we recommend that everyone stay at home as much as possible until this situation passes. Countries that have figured out how to stop the rapid spread of COVID-19 have all enacted much stricter social distancing measures than we are currently experiencing here in California.
3. If you do go out:
*Face coverings are required at all times on Belmont’s Open Space trails for ages 13+* Stay within 10 miles of your residence. When outdoors at other locations, bring a face covering for unexpected contact with non-household members. Act as if everyone you encounter out on the trails has the virus.
4. Outdoor recreation activities:
Must take place within 10 miles of the individual's residence. Do not carpool under any circumstances. Following California guidelines, only drive across town for the absolute essentials!
5. Please, do not ride/hike/gather in groups of any size
Aim for solo or household-only activities. Gathering in a group and hitting the trails increases the chance of virus transmission between members of your group as well as transmission to other trail users. As a group, you create a bigger obstacle for other users and set a bad example for the outdoor community.
6. Pick off-hours to ride or hike, avoid times of heavy trail use
7. Keep rides and hikes short if you do choose to enjoy the trails
a. Slow down more than usual, and give fellow trail users more room than you may normally give should you need to pass.
b. Now is not the time to train for a marathon or challenge yourself on an extreme ride. Our healthcare system cannot support additional emergencies right now, and no one wants to be the one to distract medical resources from an ongoing pandemic.
c. Give others ample opportunity to enjoy the trails! This isn’t the time to start that marathon training you’ve always meant to do.
8. Use the restroom before coming to an Open Space
9. Avoid spitting while on the trail
10. Keep your dog on a leash at all times
11. Speak up if others are not following these recommendations
12. Please respect closures
These decisions are made for everyone’s safety.
Parks and trails are beautiful gathering places for our community members. Belmont offers 14 developed parks on 31 acres and 337 acres of open space for hiking, running and bike riding.
Alexander Park's Picnic AreaDetails:
- Drinking Fountain
- Horseshoe Pits
- Lawn Area
- Picnic Area
- Recycling Receptacle
- Rental Facilities
- Picnic Area Rental
*Due to San Mateo County Health's COVID-19 recommendations, both the playgrounds and picnic areas shall remain temporarily closed.*
Park is open from sun up to sun down. Use of the Picnic tables and Horseshoe pits are open to the public unless there is a private rental. The area you may reserve includes eight picnic tables on Saturdays and Sundays. Located on the northern region of the park, it accommodates groups of up to 75 people. Tennis courts and playground are non-reservable and remain open for public use.
Interested in having a bounce house at your picnic rental?
- First, fill out a picnic rental permit (in person or online) and pay the fee to reserve the picnic are
- Secure special equipment from your preferred provider
- It is the permit holder’s responsibility to receive a certificate of insurance (via email or in person) from their special equipment provider; the City of Belmont must be listed as additionally insured for up to one million dollars with the name and address below:
City of Belmont
One Twin Pines Lane
Belmont, CA 94002
- No later than 30 days before the event, the permit holder must bring the certificate of insurance to the Belmont Parks and Rec Office and complete a Special Equipment form, providing additional payment for the permit ($100) and refundable deposit ($250)
Due to the severe drought in California and water damage, Belmont Parks and Recreation is not approving permit requests for special equipment that requires water (dunk tanks, slip n’ slides, etc.).
*All dogs must be on leash (BMC Ordinance Section 5-6(1)).
For any in-progress concerns, please contact Belmont PD at (650) 595-7400.
For the off-leash dog park, please see the Cipriani Dog Park.
For more information call (650) 595-7441 or email ParksRec@belmont.gov