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In order to keep social distancing guidelines by reducing crowding, officials may close parking lots early

When temperatures rise in the summer, people flock to Clackamas County parks seeking relief from the heat.

County parks such as Molalla's Feyrer, Canby's Knights Bridge, Metzler, Eagle Fern, Barton and Wagonwheel are great places for county residents to stay cool and enjoy outdoor and water-based recreation activities.

However, Clackamas County reminds visitors that parking facilities at its parks can quickly fill up on hot summer days, particularly at popular park facilities along the rivers. Some parks have reduced parking capacity this summer due to the need for social distancing.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Clackamas County parks like Feyrer in Molalla and Knights Bridge in Canby may see access limited when the weather gets hot.

Barton Park in the Boring area and the Carver Boat Ramp on Springwater Road often reach full capacity in the summer months, especially on hot weekend days. When this happens, county parks staff will close the area for a few hours or the rest of the day to help ensure the safety of all visitors. People may want to take alternate routes to avoid traffic congestion near these parks.

"On hot days, our parking lots can be full by late morning, and we have to close the gate and turn people away until parking starts opening up again later in the day. I encourage everyone to have a Plan B in case the park you're heading for is full," says Interim Clackamas County Parks and Forest Manager Tom Riggs.

The county encourages residents to visit other nearby county parks where less congestion occurs, such as Eagle Fern Park and Metzler Park. They both have areas to cool off in the creek, and offer features such as picnicking, hiking and more.


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