Parks and Trails




The City’s park playgrounds have been closed since the Public Health Order/Shelter-In-Place began.  Recent updates to the County Orders have been reviewed, and playgrounds in Mountain View will begin to open the week of September 28, with all playgrounds being open by October 1. Parks Division staff will be completing an initial cleaning and perform necessary safety checks of each playground. New signage will be installed at each location that reminds residents to play safely according to County guidelines. As each location is cleaned and signage is posted, playgrounds will open in a phased approach between September 28 and October 1.



Tennis courts are able to open to the public on June 5, 2020 subject to the following limitations by Santa Clara County Shelter in Place Order: Non-contact recreational and athletic activitieshave low-to-moderate levels of transmission risk. Risks associated with these activities can be mitigated through measures that ensure adequate social distancing and limit intermixing between households.

i. No more than two households or living units may engage in these recreational and athletic activities together at any one time. 

ii. No equipment (except balls, frisbees, or other projectiles) may be shared between households or living units. 

iii. All recreational and athletic activities with members of another household or living unit must occur entirely outdoors. 

iv. Members of separate households or living units must remain at least six feet apart at all times.

 v. Face coverings must be worn when recreating with members of another household or living unit, except when actively exercising or by people who are exempted from the face covering

requirement pursuant to the Health Officer’s Critical Guidance on Face Coverings.


Parks & Trail Visitor Update

The City of Mountain View will be pausing all non-essential services starting Tuesday, March 17 in an effort to slow and minimize the spread of COVID-19.

How Does this Impact City Parks?

The new Public Health Order is to ensure that people remain in their residences and minimize social interactions outside of their immediate family unit.  However, you may leave your residence for reasons specified in the Order.  One of these reasons is to engage in outdoor activity that does not involve close contact with other people.

City Parks and trails remain open from sunrise to half-hour after sunset for the public to enjoy fresh air and get exercise. When visiting parks, please be aware of appropriate social distancing for yourself, your children, and your family members.

 How does this impact Shoreline at Mountain View Regional Park?

Shoreline Regional Park remains open for the public to enjoy the open space and utilize the official trails for walking or biking. Dogs or other domesticated animals are NOT allowed inside the park in an effort to protect the wildlife.

Golf course, driving range, and patio at Michael's are now open. Sailing Lake operating for Summer Camps, instruction and rentals. 

Portable restrooms are available at the Kite Lot and Dog Park.  

If there is an emergency in any park, please dial 9-1-1.

For more information about what Mountain View is doing regarding COVID-19, visit



  • Do not use parks or trails if you are exhibiting symptoms.
  • Be prepared for limited access to public restrooms or water fountains.
  • Share the trail and warn other trail users of your presence and as you pass.
  • Follow CDC's guidance on personal hygiene prior to visiting parks or trails.
  • Observe CDC's minimum recommended social distancing at all times.

For information regarding social distancing in public parks and trails,visit Covid-19 Urban Parks



 Parks Division

231 North Whisman Road
Mountain View, CA 94043
(650) 903-6326

The Parks Division is responsible for the protection and maintenance of 39 urban parks and 5.0 miles of bicycle and pedestrian trails along Stevens Creek, Permanente Creek and the Hetch-Hetchy Right-of-Way. The Division is also responsible for other regional open space throughout the City.

Parks & Trail Visitor Information

Parks and trails are open from 6:00 a.m. to one-half hour after sunset.

  • Motor vehicles are allowed in designated parking lots and roadways only.
  • Dogs must be on leash at all times.
  • Animal handlers are required to clean up after their pet.
  • Groups of 50 or more people wishing to use any City park (with the exception of BBQ reservations) need to apply for a General Use Notification. Applications must be submitted at least two weeks prior to your event date, and require a five business day approval process. For more information on obtaining a General Use Notification please call (650) 903-6407 or email  

Prohibited Activities:

  • Harming or disturbing wildlife and plants; and feeding animals
  • Assembly of structures, commercial vending or posting of signs 
  • No camping
  • No fires 
  • No powered airplanes
  • No golfing
  • No weapons 
  • No alcohol, air jumpers/bounce house, or portable BBQ's allowed without a permit and under conditions set forth by the City. For more information on obtaining a permit, please call (650) 903-6407 or email

Special Provisions for Trails

  • Trail users are permitted on developed trails only.
  • Trail users must limit speed to trail conditions and pass with caution.
  • Trails and underpasses may be closed due to seasonal flooding.
  • Skateboarding is prohibited.

click here for more Parks Rules & Regulations


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Your trees will love you for it.