Parks and Facilities Update
Thursday, May 28, 2020

The Parks and Recreation Department recognizes the physical and mental health benefits of outdoor recreation and encourages the community to recreate responsibly. At this time, you can still enjoy time outdoors at the following areas for passive use, such as walking, jogging or leisure time for families and individuals. CDC guidelines requiring physical distancing of at least 6 feet must be followed at all times, and the gathering of groups is prohibited.

Whitmore Recreation Area - OPEN

The Whitmore Recreation Area (Ball Fields 1 and 2, the Synthetic Turf and Track, and restrooms) is currently OPEN as an outdoor-only, open-space facility for self-directed use. Organized, group recreation activities are not currently permitted. Bilingual COVID-19 information and responsible recreation guidelines have been posted at the facility. The restrooms are OPEN and the gate to the track has been removed, allowing users to enter without having to touch a communal surface.

Shady Rest Park - OPEN

Shady Rest Park, including the the new Shady Rest DiscGolfPark®, is currently OPEN as an out-door only, open-space facility for self-directed use. Organized, group recreation activities are not currently permitted. Bilingual COVID-19 information and responsible recreation guidelines have been posted at the facility. The restrooms are OPEN, however the plaground will remain CLOSED until further notice in accordance with CDC guidelines.

Volcom Brothers and Little Brothers Skatepark - OPEN

Volcom Brothers and Little Brothers Skatepark is currently OPEN as an outdoor only, open-space facility for self-directed use. Organized, group recreation activities are not currently permitted. Bilingual COVID-19 information and responsible recreation guidelines have been posted at the facility. The restrooms are OPEN, however the plaground will remain CLOSED until further notice in accordance with CDC guidelines.

Community Tennis Courts (1 and 2) - OPEN

Community Center Tennis Courts 1 and 2 are currently OPEN as an outdoor only, open-space facility for self-directed use. Organized, group recreation activities are not currently permitted. Bilingual COVID-19 information and responsible recreation guidelines have been posted at the facility. In addition, USTA guidelines recommend players mark tennis balls so they are not inadvertently shared and avoid changing ends. Please be aware that the restrooms and playground at this facility remain CLOSED at this time. 

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Multi-Use Paths (Mammoth Lakes Trails System) - OPEN

The Multi-Use Paths (Mammoth Lakes Trails System) are currently OPEN around the Downtown area, Old Mammoth and up to Twin Lakes. The Callahan Way segment of the Town Loop is currently under construction and CLOSED. The Multi-Use Paths in the Lakes Basin area remain CLOSED.  Please remember to maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet from those outside your household unit. When passing others, please step off the path to preserve your 6 foot bubble, and wear a mask or face covering when physical distance cannot be maintained. . Users are also reminded to comply with municipal codes requiring all dogs to be on leash and pet waste to be disposed of by owners. Map of MUP - Updated 4.28.20Yellow - OPEN.   

The Lakes Basin remains CLOSED to vehicle access, however pedestrian and bike access is permitted. Please park your vehicle in the designated areas highlighted in green on the map below, and adhere to all signage. Work crews are in the Lakes Basin so only proceed through work zones with permission from crew members and stay vigilant.

Lakes Basin Parking

Out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with guidance from State and local health officials regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mammoth Lakes Department of Parks and Recreation has temporarily closed the following parks and facilities. Large numbers of visitors and the nature of these amenities have made it extremely difficult to maintain social distancing and prevent the congregation of people in groups, both critical practices in preventing the spread of COVID-19. The health and safety of our community remains our top priority and we appreciate your support, understanding and cooperation during this challenging time.

Trails End Playground - CLOSED

The Trails End Park Playground is CLOSED until further notice. In addition to concerns regarding social distancing and the congregation of groups, recent studies have also shown that the COVID-19 virus can survive for up to 72 hours on plastic and stainless-steel surfaces. Barricades and bilingual signage have been installed at the playground, and the parking area has been closed. Bilingual COVID-19 information is posted on the restrooms, which are currently OPEN.Playground Closed Sign - EnglishPlayground Closed Sign - Spanish

Shady Rest Park Playground - CLOSED

The Shady Rest Playground is CLOSED until further notice. Barricades and bilingual signage have been installed at the playground. Bilingual COVID-19 information is posted at the facility and all other amenities, including restrooms, are OPEN.  

Mammoth Creek Park - CLOSED

The Mammoth Creek Park Playground is CLOSED until further notice. Barricades and bilingual signage have been installed at the playground and swings have been locked. Bilingual COVID-19 information is posted in the display case and the restrooms, which are currently OPEN.     

Mammoth Ice Rink/RecZone - CLOSED

The Mammoth Ice Rink/RecZone is CLOSED until further notice. The facility has been locked and secured.

Community Center - CLOSED

The Community Center is being utilized as the Emergency Operations Center and is CLOSED until further notice. Staff are providing assistance as required.

Community Center Playground - CLOSED

The Community Center Playground is CLOSED until further notice. Barricades and bilingual signage have been installed at the playground.

Community Tennis Courts (3, 4, 5 & 6) - CLOSED

The Community Center Tennis Courts (3, 4, 5 & 6) are CLOSED until further notice. The gates have been locked. Restrooms are also CLOSED at this time. Courts 1 & 2 are currently OPEN (please see above).

Any new reservations at all parks and facilities have been temporarily suspended.

Mono County Updates

Mono County has CLOSED all playgrounds, skateparks and public restrooms until further notice. The parks themselves are not ’restricted’ but the amenities listed above are CLOSED at the following locations:

Benton Park
Chalfont Park
Crowley Park
Crowley Skatepark
Gull Lake Park
Guss Hess Park
Mono Lake Park
Bridgeport Park
Bridgeport
Marina Walker Park

In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the area, multiple roads that access tourist attractions in the Mono County area have also been CLOSED. These include the roads leading to Travertine Hot Springs, Buckeye Hot Springs, Whitmore Hot Springs and Bodie State Park.

For more information on Mono County recreation, please visit the Mono County Coronavirus Response website.

Inyo County Updates

LADWP and BLM have CLOSED the following areas in Inyo County:

Owens River Gorge, including Control Gorge
Middle and Upper Gorge Parking areas
Happy and Sad Boulders’ Parking areas
Happy and Sad Boulders’ Trails
Long Valley Hot Springs
Alabama Hills National Scenic Area. 

Land management agencies are actively patrolling these areas, and violation of the closures could result in a fine.

The situation is constantly evolving and we are operating in unchartered territory. We are working closely with Mono County Health Department to ensure our Parks and Recreation community receives credible information and advice during this challenging time. We will continue to react to federal, state and local guidelines as they are implemented and will keep you up to date with any changes.

Thank you for your understanding.

Stay healthy and safe.


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To report a parks maintenance issue please complete a Parks and Trails online Report.