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With a green light from the governor, local parks & rec facilities allow visitors to return.

As Yamhill County ushers in Phase I of its re-opening plan during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chehalem Park & Recreation District is easing open its operations under strict regulations. Included will be one of the region's top skateparks at Ewing Young Park.

As Yamhill County ushers in Phase I of its reopening plan during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chehalem Park & Recreation District is easing open its operations under strict regulations.

"We know that recreation is an important part of people's physical and mental health, and the need to recreate is especially critical during this stressful time," CPRD spokeswoman Kat Ricker said. "That is why we are continually examining how we can best offer opportunities to the community."

The fitness wing of the Chehalem Aquatic & Fitness Center is opening with some restrictions. The gym, indoor running track and fitness areas are open with social distancing required throughout the facility. The aquatic portion of the fitness center is closed until further notice.

Locker rooms and water fountains will not be available to patrons. Hours run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.

"We are increasing cleaning and sanitizing practices and will have hand sanitizer available for your return," a release from CPRD said. "Staff will be wearing face masks. We are not requiring our patrons to wear face masks; however, we encourage you to do so, in observance of OHA guidelines, if you wish. We will be requiring you to sign in in order for CPRD to meet state contact-tracing requirements, and we may be performing screening of patrons upon entering the facility."

Ricker said CPRD rehired part-time employees, moved some pieces of fitness equipment around, taped the floor to demarcate social distancing and foot traffic guides, created a sign-in station, added plexiglass shields across the counter, required staff to wear face masks, and increased sanitation and hygiene practices.

Patrons are returning to the facility slowly, but Ricker said people are still staying home more often than not and have plenty of questions about when the aquatic portion of the center will open. There is no anticipated date for the aquatic center's reopening at this time, nor the other closed portions of the facility.

CPRD parks and trails are all open for walking. Playgrounds, shelters, sport courts and the splashpad at Rotary Park all remain closed, though, according to the organization's release. Ewing Young Skatepark and dog park will open with strict social distancing guidelines and the BMX track will remain closed.

Rental facilities can be reserved for gatherings of 25 or less as long as the group observes OHA guidelines. Chehalem Glenn Golf Course and its pro shop are open.

"While our offices have been closed, we continue to have dialogue with our patrons," Ricker said. "Not a day goes by without people contacting us asking about what is open and what is closed, and when the closed facilities will reopen. We are glad to hear from our patrons, and for the most part, we are finding that people are trying to comply. This is a fluid situation. Guidance and orders change so quickly. As an agency, following updates and engaging in discussions with our partnering agencies and peers in our fields keeps us busy."

Ricker said a new child care program was created to help out citizens during the pandemic who need somewhere to take their child. More information on that program and all other openings, closures and guidelines at CPRD facilities is available at CPRDNewberg.org.


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