(Portland, OR) – At the direction of Oregon Governor Kate Brown, City parks, trails, golf courses, and natural areas remain open to the public. All visitors must work together to meet at least 6 feet of social distancing from people that do not live in their home.
Achieving 6 feet of social distancing is extremely challenging at playgrounds, skate parks, and sports courts and fields, and those facilities have been closed to the public since March 23. They remain closed at this time under the advice of public health officials.
Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) has monitored the COVID-19 situation since it began. PP&R continue to be in communication with and to follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Oregon Health Authority, Multnomah County Health Department, and the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management.
For park, trail, golf course, and natural area visitors, follow these guidelines:
PP&R signs are posted at parks and trailheads to explain what facilities are closed and to share public health guidance. To help people maintain their physical and mental health while safely utilizing their parks system, PP&R has also:
Starting this week, PP&R will redeploy some employees as Park Greeters. While maintaining 6 feet of social distance, Park Greeters will educate the public about how to use their parks system safely and to explain what facilities are open or closed.
PP&R hopes these additional educational resources will positively impact behavior at parks, trails, golf courses, and natural areas.