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The state has given a cautious OK to limited skating returning to the roller rink at Oaks Amusment Park

DAVID F. ASHTON  - Lacing up their skates for reopening night at Oaks Park Roller Skating Rink were Clark Johnson and Piper Tuor. After being closed months ago by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the historic Oaks Park Roller Skating Rink finally reopened on November 4.

"Being closed for more than seven months – that's a long time; so we've really been looking forward to opening this evening," smiled Oaks Park's Roller Skating Operations Director Keith Fortune.

"While we've been closed, our staff has been doing maintenance – and working on 'back burner' projects, while we had the time to get some needed tasks done," Fortune told THE BEE.

DAVID F. ASHTON  - Around the roller rink they go, enjoying the first skate session at the newly-reopened Oaks Park Roller Skating Rink. For safety, he said, they've been taking all the U.S. Center for Disease Control, State of Oregon, and Multnomah County guidance very seriously. "We've reviewed all of the rules, trained all of our staff members about what needs to be done, and set up social-distancing zones – both on the floor, and in our snack shop," Fortune pointed out.

And, before each shift starts, all staff working in the building have personal health checks.

"We continue to offer skate rentals; we spray the skates down with the sanitizing solution, and put them in a separate rack, where they'll sit for two or three days before they get used again," Fortune reported. "And, we're sanitizing all the high-touch surfaces between each session, and constantly sanitizing a lot of the main railings during the sessions."

DAVID F. ASHTON  - The illuminated neon sign above, and the lit doorway of the historic Oaks Park Roller Skating Rink below, indicate that this beloved indoor attraction is again open for business - but only on a limited basis. One thing he misses is "the crowd, making some noise" during public skating sessions, because each session is limited to 45 guests.

"We've missed roller skating here so much; I'm glad we can come back, and roll around this wonderful rink," remarked Elizabeth Emerson through her mask.

Important facts to know ...

· Tickets for timed entry must be purchased online in advance.

· Everyone entering the building must purchase admission.

· Specialty sessions (Adult Skate, Preschool Skate, etc.) and skating classes remain cancelled.

· Passes and punch-cards are not valid during restricted operations.

· Group discounts and birthday party packages are currently not available.

· Masks and social distancing are required.

Get your tickets for timed-entry online -- www.oakspark.com


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