CPRD announces childcare plans, new park restrictions
As guidelines from the state change on a daily and weekly basis, the Chehalem Park & Recreation District is announcing new restrictions at its parks and golf course for the weeks to come.
CPRD parks remain open with a requirement that people remain six feet apart to social distance during the coronavirus outbreak. Signage is posted throughout the community at parks frequented by locals.
All playground equipment is closed to the public until further notice, following Gov. Kate Brown's executive order. Skateparks at Ewing Young and Dundee-Billick Park are closed, as are the Chehalem BMX track and Dog Park at Ewing Young Park.
All sport courts are closed to the public as well, including the tennis and pickleball at Jaquith Park and the Crater Sports Complex.
Chehalem Glenn Golf Course remains open as one of the few athletic endeavors that can be done with proper social distancing, but the course is implementing plenty of changes and restrictions in response to the outbreak.
The golf shop along with food and beverage services will be closed. Golfers are only allowed to walk the course with no carts available for rent, and tee times can only be booked online at ChehalemGlenn.com or over the phone. Payment will be taken over the phone as well and hours of operation are limited from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the first tee time at 9 a.m. every day.
Benches and golf ball washers have been removed from the course, according to CPRD, and all other hard surfaces that could be touched by customers will be cleaned thoroughly and sanitized throughout the day.
For more information on changes to parks or services, visit CPRDNewberg.org.
Childcare service unveiled by district
CPRD is also debuting a new childcare service in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. "Camp Care Essentials" is a special daycare service that opens March 30 in the community and addresses a need that many families have during this time.
Limited occupancy daycare sites will be located at Chehalem Community Center, Chehalem Youth Center and the Sander Estate in Dundee. These are temporary locations for the operations until more suitable locations are secured, a release from CPRD said.
There are key differences between this program and childcare programs offered by the district in the past. CPRD is capping enrollment at a "conservative" number in order to keep kids and families safe during the pandemic, and priority for registration will go to emergency, medical and essential service families. Families currently or previously enrolled in CPRD's "C.A.R.E." program will get next priority for these spots, followed by new participants.
In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep kids and staff healthy, CPRD plans to "provide enhanced health screening methods for staff and participants." Parents or guardians must accompany their kids when they check in and staff plan to engage in proper social distancing protocol throughout the day.
Participants and staff will "(wash) hands early and often (including at check-in), between each activity, before and after meals and/or snacks, and any other time that handwashing is appropriate." Children will be placed in a "pod" or club for the day and will be separate from other pods and clubs to remain safe and healthy.
"CPRD is committed to operating Camp Care Essentials in a safe and responsible manner," CPRD spokeswoman Kat Ricker said in the press release. "We will continue to adopt and adhere to Department of Education and Oregon State Department guidelines as released. Camp Care Essentials may potentially change as additional facilities, staff, and guidelines become available. We will communicate with registered families as things develop."
The daycare service runs from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at the aforementioned locations. The cost is $47 per day for those who register in advance; $99 for a one-week part-time rate, which includes up to 19 hours per week of childcare; and $125 for a one-week full-time rate, which includes 20 or more hours of childcare per week. The program is for kids aged 5 to 12 and a Pre-K program also exists for kids aged 3 to 6.
Those interested in registering for Camp Care Essentials should visit bit.ly/2UMw9Oa.
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