I am chair of the board of directors for the Livermore Area Recreation and Park District this year. Since the shelter-in-place order, I have been attending the general manager’s daily remote meeting with senior staff to assess the rapidly changing conditions and our responses to them.

Parks and trails are considered an essential service, so we made the decision to keep them open, and to continue a minimal staff to maintain them for the public. This includes maintaining all restrooms and picking up the trash.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the incredibly hard-working and dedicated staff at LARPD for all they are doing in these unprecedented times. If you see a LARPD employee, please take the time to express your appreciation as well.