Portland General Electric is reopening 14 of its parks statewide in three different counties.

PMG PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Scenes like this one -- Scappoose's Gustavo Villalvazo races during the Trojan Relays in 2018 -- will now be at least a possibility once Trojan Park near Rainier reopens on May 22.Portland General Electric today announced tentative plans to reopen on May 22 the 14 parks and recreation areas it operates at locations in Columbia, Clackamas and Jefferson counties. The company is aligning its plans with operators of other nearby local, state and federal recreation areas to support gradual, safe easing of mandatory public physical distancing orders issued to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The PGE parks closure announced March 23 was originally scheduled to run until at least May 8. The new opening date of May 22 will be reevaluated as needed during the month.

This latest announcement includes the reopening of Trojan Park between St. Helens and Rainier, which had been closed to all uses due to public health risks during the pandemic.

Also scheduled for reopening are PGE's popular campgrounds at Timothy Lake near Mt. Hood, on the Clackamas River's Lake Harriet and North Fork Reservoir, and near Lake Billy Chinook in central Oregon, which typically open for the summer recreation season around Memorial Day weekend. Other facilities are normally open year-round, including Timber Park in Estacada.

PGE parks with campgrounds are still accepting reservations for dates after May 22, subject to cancellation if the closures are extended. Updated information is available online here.

Several of PGE's facilities are also subject to closure orders from the U.S. Forest Service or local or state agencies and cannot be reopened without their agreement.

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