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The Beaverton-area rec authority also says a 'small number' of summer camps will go forward this year.

PMG FILE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Michael Perry throws a ball to his two dogs Sally and Mya at Paul and Verna Winkelman Park near Cooper Mountain.Calling all lovers of the outdoors in the Beaverton area — the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District says it will reopen tennis courts, dog parks and skate parks earlier than anticipated.

THPRD closed many of its facilities in March, although it didn't shut parks, trails and open spaces altogether. Tennis courts, dog parks and skate parks were among the outdoor amenities closed off to the public to reduce the risk of viral transmission amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Those facilities will now open to the public Saturday, May 23, across the parks district.

"These amenities are opening sooner than originally anticipated based on state guidelines released last week by the governor's office," the district said in a statement Wednesday afternoon, May 20. "There will be physical distancing requirements and participants will be limited to groups of 10 people at a time, per Oregon rules currently in effect."

THPRD is a special district within Washington County, which is one of only five counties in Oregon that hasn't been cleared for a "Phase 1" reopening. Counties have to meet certain criteria to begin reopening under a three-phase framework.

Other park amenities, including basketball courts, picnic shelters and athletic fields, are still off limits, THPRD said.

Additionally, the parks district said it will begin offering its weekly summer camps on July 6. More information about summer camps will be released June 1.

All camps will be hosted outdoors, and at least at first, the district will only open a "small number" of them.

"Due to compliance with state rules and THPRD's current limited operational capacity, the district will begin summer programming by focusing on summer camps for school-age youth," the district explained in its Wednesday statement. "Each camp group will be limited to 10 participants with approximately 30 total camp options per week."

Registration will begin June 13 for district families. Out-of-district families can apply starting June 15.

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