Tualatin Hills park district announces closures through March 31
Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District, which serves about 250,000 people in Beaverton and nearby communities, will shut down virtually all of its buildings to the public from Saturday through March 31.
Spokeswoman Holly Thompson said in a statement that the district is doing so as a precaution against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus linked to respiratory disease.
"We are not aware of a person with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis coming into contact with a THPRD facility," she said. "However we believe this is an essential step to take to ensure the safety of our patrons and staff."
The district, whose boundaries generally follow the school district, will continue some facilities on a limited basis.
All outdoor locations — parks, trails, fields and dog parks — will remain open. However, all athletic fields and outdoor spaces are closed to program and permitted uses. Thompson said people who use the outdoor locations should keep in mind the social distances recommended by public health officials.
Meals on Wheels will continue to deliver meals from the Elsie Stuhr Center in Beaverton. However, meals will not be served at the center itself, which is closed to the public. For further information, call (503) 953-8111.
Listed below are park district locations that will close through March 31. Administrative staff will be present but the locations will be closed to the public.
Facilities closed to the public include:Â Â
• Centers: Babette Horenstein Tennis Center, Cedar Hills Recreation Center, Conestoga Recreation & Aquatic Center, Elsie Stuhr Center, Garden Home Recreation Center, Tualatin Hills Nature Center, and Tualatin Hills Athletic Center.
• Pools: Aloha Swim Center, Beaverton Swim Center, Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center, Harman Swim Center, and Sunset Swim Center.Â
• Other: Administration Office at Howard M. Terpenning Complex, Cooper Mountain Nature House, Fanno Creek Service Center, Fanno Farmhouse, and Jenkins Estate.
Patrons who registered for programs that required a fee between March 14 and March 31 willÂ receive a credit, per district policy.Â This includes spring break camp registrations.Â Â
Additional programs will close through April 8, in accordance with Gov. Kate Brown's executive order to limit public gatherings to 250 people.
Thompson says updates can be found through this link: http://www.thprd.org/district-information/coronavirus-update.
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