Blogging Bayport Alameda

March 19, 2020

Taking the fun away

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:09 am

Even though the City sent the scary sounding press release about prohibiting all modes of travel it seems like our response to COVID-19 is lacking in one area: public play spaces.   There have been a number of social media posts about basketball courts being full and playgrounds being full and folks not practicing social distancing in our public parks.

Not that I’m a proponent of taking away fun, but if we all don’t participate in this social distancing thing then it’s going to take a lot longer for anything to return to any semblance of normality.  This is not to say that people can’t take walks or go for bike rides, but maybe having your kids touching germy monkey bars within spitting distance of other kids isn’t the best model of social distancing.

I mean it’s cute and all that the City has put up signs in the City Hall Chambers on seating but if we’re not doing the same for other public spaces then what’s the point.  It might be time to close the playgrounds, just like it’s time for the governor of Florida to close down the beaches to Spring Breakers.

Also, according to the last drop of ballots, it looks like Measure A (the parcel tax) is passing (has passed?  I’m not sure how many ballots are left out there).   I think after all of this is over, folks with kids at home for the long haul are not going to begrudge paying that tax once they realize how tough the job of teachers really is.  The only issue with the parcel tax is that if we do sink into a recession it might be tough on some families already struggling.


  1. I literally saw this yesterday: what appeared to be several families with kids playing softball at a park near my house. I came close to asking them WTF they were doing. People apparently aren’t getting the message. And if they can’t then I welcome the city making more efforts to enforce it.

    Comment by john doe — March 19, 2020 @ 10:35 am

  2. Across Main Street from our hostess, I am seeing hundreds of cyclist and walkers taking advantage of the mostly deserted Alameda Point. Families and individuals, small groups maintaining a sufficient distance, engaging in the outdoors and exercise with very little vehicle traffic. Cheap and cheerful, enjoy a ride or walk around Alameda Point for exercise and cabin fever – everyone is welcome, it’s safe, and there’s plenty of space to maintain your distance.

    Comment by Bart — March 19, 2020 @ 11:09 am

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