Health Warnings for County Recreational Waters

Prepare for your park visit by knowing about bacteria warnings in county recreational waters, provided San Mateo County Environmental Health.

Flood Park Landscape Plan Notice Of Determination Posted

On November 10, 2020, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors approved the Flood County Park Landscape Plan and certified its Final Revised Environmental Impact Report and Errata. The Board also adopted the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) Findings of Facts and a Statement of Overriding Consideration. In accordance with CEQA guidelines, the Parks Department has posted the Notice of Determination to the Reimagine Flood Park project page.

Detour On Bay Trail At Coyote Point

Beginning in September 2020 the North Shoreview Flood Improvement Project will place a temporary detour on the Bay Trail where it leads thorough Coyote Point Recreation Area.

Reseeding a Natural Preserve with Native Grass

Our task was to level and install seed beds for the Green Grass Project at Edgewood Farms —an amazing project spearheaded by the Friends of Edgewood group, which has been helping steward the park and its incredible diversity of plant life for over 25 years.

San Bruno Mountain Elfin Monitoring

Every other year the Natural Resource Management team does a survey of San Bruno Elfin, an endangered species on San Bruno Mountain. Their larva, or caterpillars, feed an attractive native succulent that grows on rocky outcrops.

Coastal Pedestrian Bridge Closed to Prepare for New Bridge

Beginning July 27, a pedestrian bridge at Half Moon Bay State Beach along the Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail will be closed for at least a year as it is replaced with a new bridge.

Free OuterSpatial App Helps Navigate Park Trails, Facilities

San Mateo County Parks is happy to announce that our parks and trails are now featured on the free OuterSpatial app.

Quarry Park Master Plan Update

Learn what board presentations and public workshops are planned for the Draft Quarry Park Master Plan. Also, participate in the pump track design.

Coyote Point Beach Dump Station Closed

The dump station in Coyote Point Recreation Area's beach area, near the RV rental sites, are currently closed for repairs until further notice.

"Oh No! I Think It's Dead, It Has No Tail!"

It is quite common to mistake a lizard that has just lost its tail for dead! While unfortunately the lizard is now tail-less, it isn't dying, far from it actually. It is very much still alive. Lizards utilize caudal autotomy (tail dropping) as a survival strategy for predatory response! When being chased or spotted by a predator a lizard may drop his or her tail and speed away while the piece of tail continues to wriggle and squirm, mimicking another lizard. If a lizard is bit by a venomous snake it may drop its tail as well, to ensure that the toxin does not reach the rest of the lizard’s body. In some cases, the tail will even grow back, however the regenerated tail does have less function.

Meet the Pacific Purple Sea Urchin

As a Natural Resource Management Intern I visit many of the parks to analyze different habitats and support vegetation management activities.

Stalking the California Golden Violet

A few feet farther up the slope I saw the telltale yellow flowers, looking like a garden “pansy,” peaking out of the mass of green. It was California Golden Violet, Viola pedunculata