City of Lake Oswego cancels outdoor activities during heat wave
Record-breaking temperatures over the weekend and into Monday prompted the city of Lake Oswego to reevaluate its outdoor activities during the heat wave.
According to the National Weather Service, the high temperature of 108 degrees at the Portland Airport Saturday, June 26, set a new record (dating back to 1940). That record was shattered the very next day with a high temperature of 112, with similar highs expected today.
The Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department canceled or modified several camps and activities over the weekend and Monday, June 28.
"The past 15 months have been a time of weird anomalies in our world, from ice storms to COVID to this," said Events and Organic Education Supervisor Jamie Inglis.
Over the weekend and on Monday, synthetic athletic fields closed once temperatures hit 90 degrees and the Lake Oswego Farmers Market closed at noon. The Lake Oswego Municipal Golf Course also closed at noon. The Petals and Punch Tea Party — an event at Millennium Plaza Park that will feature youth performers Mr. Hoo and comedian Angel Ocasio — was postponed from Sunday, June 27, to Sunday, July 11.
Several camps that could not be moved to air-conditioned facilities were canceled today as well, though the city expects them to resume Tuesday, June 29. These canceled camps included sports camps, Jordan Kent Skills Camp, Kindercamp and Toes and Tap Dance Camp.
Classes and leagues that were canceled Monday were adult tennis classes, an adult golf class and all Lake Oswego rowing classes after 10 a.m.
"Safety is always our top priority so we made modifications and cancellations with safety in mind," said Inglis, adding that they have popsicles and sprinklers to keep kids cool during "this crazy heat wave."
Inglis said that at this point, temperatures are predicted to drop to the mid-90s on Tuesday, so camps should resume as planned. If there is a drastic shift in weather, Inglis said the parks department will notify parents and guardians "as quickly as possible with any changes." She also said they will promote any changes on the city's website, social media and on the parks and recreation's website.
Monday's high temperatures have impacted programs at Lake Oswego School District as well. Both Community School and the district's meal service have been canceled due to excessive heat.
Grab-and-go meals are scheduled to resume tomorrow at Lake Oswego Middle School from 11:45 a.m. -12:45 p.m.
The district's child care program, Lake Grove Swim Park and the district pool are also closed.
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