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Drought Prompts Closure of Popular San Mateo County Campsite

By Bay City News Service:

The drought is taking its toll on summer fun for campers.

On Thursday, park officials in San Mateo County canceled all camping activity at one of the area's most popular regional parks.

Due to water restrictions and dry conditions, the San Mateo County Parks Department said no camping activity will be allowed in Memorial Park in Loma Mar for the duration of the season, which ends in October.

Park officials said campers with reservations will be contacted by phone or email, and will be offered the opportunity to reschedule their reservation for 2015, or request a full refund of camping fees.

Services at other popular recreation areas such as Sam McDonald County Park, Jack Brook Horse Camp, which are fed by Alpine Creek, will be curtailed.

Pescadero Creek Park, including hike-in sites will be open. Park officials said they are committed to providing the highest level of service possible while managing a very limited resource and preserving the small amount of water in the creek for downstream residents and wildlife.
 
 
Merrily June 24, 2014 at 01:54 PM
So Sad!! :( Especially since Memorial Park is having it's 90th anniversary!! I do understand! :(
Nancy Berghold July 01, 2014 at 11:35 AM
What really makes me upset, is that the City of San Carlos is running all the water features at their parks regardless of the drought. That is insane. When you go to other cities' parks the water features are off. They have a sign that says that they are conserving water because of a big draught, but when you go to San Carlos parks, everybody is like in a resort, with swimsuits and wasting potable water.

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