Celebrate National Parks and Recreation Month Responsibly During COVID-19
1 Jul 2020
Celebrate National Park and Recreation Month in July by getting outside while respecting social distancing. Unlimited recreational opportunities exist in Tehama County’s beautiful parks.
Parks and Recreation Enhance Quality of Life
Tehama County Parks and Recreation Department brings a great deal of value to the community. The local parks and facilities showcase the natural beauty in Tehama County.
Hiking, camping, biking and kayaking are only a few of the warm weather activities awaiting visitors of local parks this month. The health benefits of enjoying the outdoors are extensive. Spending time outside is a natural mood enhancer and it offers immunity boosting benefits. Vitamin D, synthesized in the body by sun exposure, provides cancer-fighting benefits and improves bone health studies show.
Spending time outdoors may also benefit mental health in a time when COVID-19 is limiting social engagement and many are feeling detached and disconnected. Finding ways to safely enjoy local parks and outdoor spaces can allow interaction while respecting social distancing protocol.
Outdoor Recreation Opportunities in Tehama County
The outdoor recreation opportunities in Tehama County are limitless. Tehama County is home to over 300 miles of trails including 17 miles of the famous Pacific Crest Trail. Many of these trails can be used for hiking, mountain biking and even horseback riding during the fall, spring and summer. During the winter, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and downhill skiing are popular pastimes for many. The available activities don’t stop here. Kayaking, canoeing, swimming, fishing, camping and hunting options can also be found in the area.
Lassen Volcanic National Park home of meadows, mountain lakes and volcanoes is in Tehama County and offers year round recreation.
The Sacramento River Bend Outstanding Natural Area offers hiking and horseback riding on the scenic Yana and Hog Lake Trail systems. Deer, pig and waterfowl hunting can be enjoyed in the Paynes Creek Wetlands. Public boat launches are available at the Bend Bridge Park, Mill Creek Park and Tehama County River Park at Woodson Bridge.
Ide Adobe State Park, a picturesque park setting on the Sacramento River, is located in Red Bluff. Picnicking, frisbee and camping are a few activities that are popular here.
These are only a few of the beautiful outdoor spaces in Tehama County. A full list can be found here.
Tips on Respecting Social Distancing While Enjoying Local Parks
Steering clear of crowded spaces is the best way to avoid the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses. Wearing a face mask in public spaces is also recommended. These tips may offer further guidance:
- Exercise with a family member or close friend and keep all recreational activities close to home, i.e., close to people you already regularly interact with or live with.
- Choose activities that maintain six feet of distance. Standup Paddleboarding, kayaking, fishing and mountain biking are great examples of activities that naturally maintain space between individuals.
- Avoid touching potentially contaminated surfaces like picnic tables or public bathroom fixtures and water fountains unless absolutely necessary.
- Carry hand sanitizer and clean hands periodically.
- Exercise during times when the parks aren't as busy. Try to avoid visiting during lunch break or midday.
- Call ahead or visit park websites to make sure use is currently permitted. Most parks are allowing visitors but refraining from hosting events or allowing pavilion reservations.
Tehama County places a priority on maintaining clean and beautiful parks and green spaces for the public to safely enjoy. Celebrate Park and Recreation Month by spending more time outdoors during the month of July. Learn more about Park and Recreation Month by visiting: www.nrpa.org/July.