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Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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COVID-19 Update - Including Closures and Postponements

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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated May 12, 2020

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OPEN - PARKS, TRAILS, NATURAL AREAS
All parks, natural areas, and trails remain open for use. Please follow ALL public health guidelines and maintain 6 feet of physical distancing with other park and trail users, including PP&R staff who are out working.

OPEN - GOLF COURSES
Portland Parks Golf courses are OPEN, but clubhouses are closed, except for restrooms. Food and beverage are available on a limited take-out basis. For more information about Portland Parks Golf and COVID-19 safety guidelines, visit portlandoregon.gov/parks/63560

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CLOSED AND CANCELED
All of Oregon’s playgrounds, sports courts and fields, and golf clubhouses are currently CLOSED until the Governor directs otherwise. 

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, all PP&R community centers, arts centers, and pools are closed. All PP&R recreation division activities are canceled through at least September 2020 (this date is subject to change). PP&R summer camps, pools, swim lessons, and all other classes and events are also closed/canceled through September of 2020 (this date is subject to change). 

All outdoor permitted events with/through Portland Parks & Recreation are canceled through September of 2020 (this date is subject to change). For information on refunds related to classes and activities, please visit portlandoregon.gov/parks/article/756846.

Portland Parks & Recreation continues to follow guidance from public health authorities and direction from elected officials during the COVID-19 situation.

INDOOR RECREATION FACILITIES CLOSED
As previously announced, all indoor recreation facilities, including community centers, pools, arts centers, and Portland Tennis Center are temporarily closed and all indoor and outdoor permitted events are canceled through September 2020. This date is subject to change. For information on refunds related to classes and activities, please visit portlandoregon.gov/parks/article/756846.

Typically at this time of year, we start signing up customers for our summer classes, swim lessons, and other Portland Parks & Recreation offerings. However, due to guidance from public health authorities and direction from elected officials, our community centers remain temporarily closed and all activities canceled through at least through September 2020 (this date is subject to change).  

Therefore, summer registration for Portland Parks & Recreation offerings will NOT open on May 4, 2020 as previously planned. We appreciate your understanding, and we’ll continue to stay in touch to keep you updated.

All PP&R Recreation division activities are canceled through through September 2020. For refund information for any current activities or rentals through September 2020, please visit portlandoregon.gov/parks/article/756846.

SUMMER FREE FOR ALL
Portland Parks & Recreation is planning to operate the Free Lunch + Play program this summer. Access to nutritious food has proven to be one of the highest needs in our community during this public health crisis. PP&R and our partners will play an important role in keeping kids healthy this summer. Concerts in the Park, Movies in the Park, Washington Park Summer Festival, and Portland World Soccer Tournament are canceled this summer. For more information, please visit portlandoregon.gov/parks/article/759204.


SPECIFIC PARKS CLOSED TO VEHICLE TRAFFIC

Until further notice, some parks are closed to motor vehicle traffic to promote safe physical distancing practices and discourage overcrowding. These parks remain open to those walking, rolling, or strolling, etc. The closure of park road gates will help ensure we maintain a healthy balance of visitors in our parks and natural areas. We urge all park visitors to pack out what they bring in. Additional parks may be added to this list. 

The following parks will be closed to motor vehicles until further notice:

  • Clinton Park
  • Council Crest
  • Duniway Park and track
  • Hillside Park
  • Hoyt Arboretum (Fisher Lane closed)
  • Kelly Point Park
  • Knott Park
  • Lents Park
  • Luuwit View Park
  • Mt. Tabor Park
  • Pittock Mansion
  • Powell Butte Nature Park
  • Rocky Butte Park/Joseph Wood Hill Park
  • Sellwood Park
  • Sellwood Riverfront Park
  • Washington Park*

*Washington Park
Due to COVID-19, gates to parking areas adjacent to the Rose Garden are currently closed. This measure helps us prevent crowding. Walk-in access is permitted for those hiking in and around Washington Park. While the garden does remain open, some areas are closed due to narrow pathways where physical distancing is not possible.


UPDATE FOR 5:00PM, TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 2020
The PP&R media advisory on maintaining physical distancing and news about how staff will be in parks to help the public follow health guidelines is posted at portlandoregon.gov/parks/article/758704.


HOW TO STAY SAFE
Portland Parks & Recreation has monitored the COVID-19 situation since it began. We continue to be in communication with, and to follow the guidance of, the Oregon Health AuthorityMultnomah County Health Department, and the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management regarding the situation.

  • People who are exhibiting symptoms of any illness should stay home and refrain from using any PP&R facility. 
  • Follow CDC guidelines and wash your hands before and after you visit a park, trail, or natural area, or any other public space.
  • Follow CDC physical distancing recommendations and keep 6 feet from others at all times, including interacting with other park visitors and PP&R staff. If you can’t maintain that distance, find another location or come back another time. 
  • Be prepared for limited access to public restrooms and no operating water fountains. 
  • While on trails, announce your presence to others and step aside to let others pass.   

Our community’s parks system provides our neighbors with many opportunities to improve their mental and physical health during this public health emergency. However, please understand that we will need the assistance and compliance of the entire community with these actions. Let’s work together to slow the spread of this virus and save lives.  

For any other City info related to COVID-19, please visit https://beta.portland.gov/novel-coronavirus-covid-19.


HOW YOU CAN HELP
PP&R suggests that people who feel sick with cold or flu symptoms should stay home and avoid contact with others. If you have health concerns or questions, please contact your regular doctor. Everyone must take steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19, especially to protect those who are more vulnerable. The Oregon Health Authority also recommends the following steps you can take to prevent the spread of flu, the common cold, and COVID-19:

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water. If not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  3. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  4. Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
  5. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough into your elbow.
  6. Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that you frequently touch.
  7. If you are traveling overseas, check for the latest COVID-19 Travel Alerts and follow the CDC’s Travelers’ Health guidance: guidance at wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel.

Stay informed about the virus
Please check the following resources below for updates about COVID-19 in Oregon and Multnomah County. For additional resources, call 211.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Multnomah County Health Department
multco.us/novel-coronavirus-covid-19

Oregon Health Authority
oregon.gov/oha/ph/diseasesconditions/diseasesaz/Pages/emerging-respiratory-infections.aspx

World Health Organization
who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019


Discrimination, stigma and COVID-19
Please see important information from Multnomah County on preventing discrimination and stigma related to COVID-19 by following multco.us/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/discrimination-stigma-and-covid-19.


COVID-19 Information - Cancellations and Refunds
portlandoregon.gov/parks/article/756846