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People enjoy West Linn parks, while adhering to social distancing guidelines

PMG PHOTO: HOLLY BARTHOLOMEW - A young boy runs around Mary S. Young park with his dog Friday, March 20.West Linn residents and their pets took advantage of the spring weather last week by getting out to enjoy some sunshine in West Linn's parks.

Though Oregon residents are now being asked to stay home except when it's absolutely necessary to leave, health experts recommend people get outside for exercise as long as they can stay appropriately distanced from others. In their recommendations, medical professionals cited the physical and mental health benefits of getting outdoors.

PHOTO: HOLLY BARTHOLOMEW - A girl shows off a rock left for her by Elsa from Disney's Frozen that she found while walking around Mary S. Young Park with her mom. However, after Oregonians took to state parks en masse over the weekend, authorities are emphasizing the importance of exercising outdoors alone or among people who live together.

So many people inundated Oregon's beaches and hiking trails over the weekend that the state's parks and recreation department temporarily closed all state parks Monday, March 23.

The City of West Linn has closed all park restrooms, sports courts, play structures, and skate parks.

The parks themselves, and their trails and open spaces, remain open however. According to Parks and Rec Director Ken Warner, this includes Mary S. Young Park, which is state-owned but not a state park.PMG PHOTO: HOLLY BARTHOLOMEW - Two boys enjoy their time at Camassia Nature Park in West Linn Friday, March 20.


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