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PGE to open three parks on Friday, but delays opening 11 others previously set to return

As businesses slowly begin to reopen in Columbia County, so too will Trojan Park.

Portland General Electric announced in early May that it would reopen Trojan Park — located between St. Helens and Rainier — on Friday, May 22, along with 13 other parks and recreation areas it operates in Columbia, Clackamas and Jefferson counties.

A Tuesday, May 19, email from PGE confirmed that Trojan Park will reopen to the public on Friday, though only two of the other 13 additional sites previously mentioned will also open Friday.

PGE 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, thn continued through May 21.

Trojan Park had been closed to all uses due to public health risks during the coronavirus pandemic.

Also scheduled for reopening on Friday are the Promontory Park day-use area, campground and marina, on North Fork Reservoir near Estacada, and the Pelton Park day-use area, campground and marina, on Lake Simtustus near Madras.

Guests at the parks will be asked to practice physical distancing from visitors outside their immediate party.

Other steps PGE has taken to help protect visitors' health and safety include closing campground showers and

large-group communal areas, extra facilities for cleaning and disinfecting, signage to promote physical distancing,

and additional staff support. PGE's other campgrounds and day-use areas remain temporarily closed, including sites at Timothy Lake and Lake Harriet on the Mt. Hood National Forest, boater access sites on the Clackamas River, and the Perry South and Monty campgrounds on the Deschutes National Forest. These sites are subject to broader U.S. Forest Service closure orders, so PGE is working with the Forest Service to coordinate reopening schedules.

Prospective campers may still make reservations with start-dates after May 29 for PGE campgrounds that remain closed. If closures extend past their reservation start date, campers will receive cancelation notices with instructions on how to make alternative reservations or receive full refunds.

Updated information is available online at www.PortlandGeneral.com/parks.


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