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New restrictions join previous closures to keep people apart and limit the spread of COVID-19

PMG FILE PHOTO - Washington Park is among the parks with new restrictions on vehicle access.Motor vehicle access to several Portland parks will be closed by Thursday to limit crowds and enforce social distancing requirements.

"While parks remain open, it's becoming increasingly difficult to maintain the required six foot distance between park visitors, put in place for the COVID-19 public health emergency by Governor Kate Brown's Stay Home, Stay Safe order," Portland Parks & Recreation said, on Tuesday, March 24.

"These parks remain open to those walking, rolling, or strolling. We urge all park visitors to pack out what they bring in. The road closures will continue until further notice. This is a necessary step to support public health and to limit the spread of COVID-19. Let's work together to slow the spread of this virus and save lives," PP&R continued.

The restrictions will be effective by March 26 at the following parks: Pittock Mansion; Washington Park; Hoyt Arboretum (Fisher Lane closed); Council Crest; Kelly Point Park; Sellwood Riverfront Park; Mt. Tabor Park; Hillside Park; and Sellwood Park.

Powell Butte had already been closed in partnership with the Portland Water Bureau. More parks with vehicle access may be added in the coming days, PP&R said.

PP&R had previously closed all community centers and activities. On Monday, the bureau announced that all public playgrounds, outdoor sports courts and fields (including, but not limited to, basketball courts, skateparks, tennis courts, soccer fields) are closed and should be avoided.

Portland's parks and natural areas, trails, community gardens, and golf courses remain open at this time for walking, hiking, biking, running — activities which do not involve close contact and where 6 feet of social distancing can be achieved.

"Our community's parks system provides our neighbors with many opportunities to improve their mental and physical health during this public health emergency," PP&R said.

"However, please understand that we will need the assistance and compliance of the entire community with these actions. Let's work together to slow the spread of this virus and save lives."


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