Parks and Rec COVID-19 Update

(Updated as of 7/6/20 - Parks and Recreation is strictly adhering to the guidelines of Contra Costa County Health as it relates to all activities and rentals. To learn more about these guidelines, visit https://www.coronavirus.cchealth.org/)

Parks and Rec Family,

Effective July 6, 2020, several of the remaining Parks and Recreation Department staff, are working under the mandate of a 40% furlough, resulting from loss of revenue caused by the pandemic. If you have contacted our department recently, we hope we can continue to receive your support and understanding while you await a response.

The purpose of this page is to provide you a COVID-19 update and how it impacts the operations of Parks and Rec. Hopefully you will find the information presented below helpful.

Refund Status

Parks and Rec staff have been working diligently to process refunds for all programs and classes. To date staff have processed all partial/prorated refunds for programs that had started and stopped due to the first shelter-in-place order in addition to all Spring Programs and Classes. Staff have also processed all refunds for Summer Classes and summer camps. 

We DID NOT email out refund receipts after each refund transaction for spring. We were concerned that it may cause some confusion if we did. Instead we would encourage you to sign-in to your CivicRec account to view your transactions. If you would prefer to receive a refund receipt(s) from us, please email us at OrindaParksandRec@CityofOrinda.org and include "Requesting Refund Receipt" in the subject line. 

Refund Method by Credit Cards: For individuals who have paid with a credit card, it’s important to note that if you were registered for more than one program beginning March 14 through the end of June, you will most likely see multiple refunds back to your card. This is due to the fact that we are refunding registrations by Program/class rather than family accounts.

*If your credit card has changed and would like staff to process a refund to a different card, we will be looking at these refunds separately in order to determine if it’s possible. If we’re not able to process the refund back to a different card we will be processing a refund back with a check.

Refund Method for Checks: For individuals who have paid with cash or checks, it’s important to note that if you were registered for more than one program beginning March 14 through the end of June, you will most likely see one check payment arrive in your mailbox. 

Status for Summer Classes, Programs, Camps, and Events

“Choose Your Own Adventure” Original Summer Camp Schedule is Cancelled

Due to the Contra Costa County’s recent Health Order measures regarding Summer Camps, the City has cancelled all originally scheduled summer camps. These include all camps that were listed in the “Choose Your Own Adventure” Summer Camp Activity Guide. To learn more about our revised Summer Camp Schedule please continue reading.

Youth and Adult Sports, and Adult Classes

Due to health and staffing restrictions, all Adult summer classes, and the City’s Summer Adult Softball leagues have been canceled. Refunds will be processed for these programs in the upcoming weeks.

Spring Orinda Youth Sports (OYS) activities - Baseball/Softball and Spring Soccer - were canceled. A decision regarding Fall OYS Soccer is pending - an update will be provided at a later date.

Summer Concerts and Movies

The annual Movies in the Park and Concerts in the Park series have been cancelled for this year.

Revised Summer Camp Schedule Announced

To find out more visit our Summer Camp page located here: http://www.cityoforinda.org/188/Camp-Information.

City Facilities 

What’s Open and What’s Closed?

The updated health order allows for use of shared outdoor facilities for recreational activities outside of residences, including tennis courts and athletic fields, if users comply with any restrictions on access and use established by the Health Officer to reduce crowding and risk of transmission of COVID-19.

Also, sports or activities that include the use of shared equipment or physical contact between participants may only be engaged in by members of the same household or living unit.

Because the use of outdoor recreational areas and facilities with high-touch equipment or that encourage gathering, such as playgrounds, park restrooms, and picnic areas, is prohibited outside of residences, these facilities will remain closed in Orinda parks.

The Orinda Community Center and other City buildings remain closed.

Several athletic fields in Orinda have remained open during the pandemic, as users have appeared to abide by the posted restrictions. However, the synthetic turf fields at Wilder Park have experienced regular violations of the health order and are currently closed and will REMAIN closed.

The tennis courts in Orinda Community Park re-opened on May 4, but are subject to closure if health guidelines are not adhered to.

Picnic Area, Facility/Room, Athletic Field, and Tennis Court Reservations

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