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5/26/2020 at 4:20:38 PM GMT
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Reopening Parks During COVID-19

This thread will include updates to new information for reopening parks and facilities during the COVID-19 outbreak and throughout the Executive Orders of closure and safe distancing.  

We recommend subscribing to this thread to receive the important updates. 

Why you should subscribe:

  • Hear about the latest updates
  • Get quick access to shared files and resources for reopening procedures
  • Learn about what other agencies are working on
  • Updates for aquatic facilities, sports courts, and summer camps all included here!


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ORPA will be posting resources and news, and we welcome members to share resources from their agencies as well.

5/26/2020 at 4:23:07 PM GMT
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Temporary Rules for Pickleball and Tennis

Based on conversations with OHA and a park agency, the following are the temporary rules for playing pickleball and/or tennis during Phase 1:

Do not play if:

• You have coronavirus symptoms: mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, coughing, difficulty breathing, or other symptoms identified by the CDC. 

• Have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days. 

• Are a vulnerable individual or have underlying health conditions. 

If you play:

  • Maintain six-foot distancing from others at all times.

  • Don’t congregate on courts, in common areas, or parking lots.

  • Limit or stagger playing groups. 

  • Play singles only – doubles play with household members only. 

  • Wash hands with soap and water and bring personal hand sanitizer to courts.

• Clean and sanitize paddles, rackets and water bottles. 

  • Do not share equipment.

• Avoid touching gates, fences, nets, benches, etc.

• Use your paddle, racket, or shoe to pass out-of-play balls. 

• Consider wearing gloves to help avoid touching pickleballs or tennis balls.

• Coordinate your group so each person serves with a different color or number ball. If that’s not an option, mark personal balls for individual use.

• Virtual handshakes only.

Use your own judgement to determine your ability to participate – play is at your own risk. 

5/26/2020 at 4:27:55 PM GMT
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Reopening Guidance for Outdoor Recreation

The attached document is the official Reopening Guidance for the Outdoor Recreation Sector in Oregon.  

This guidance is issued at the direction of the Governor under Executive Order No. 20-25.

5/26/2020 at 4:29:17 PM GMT
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Guidance for School-Aged Summertime Day Camps

The attached document is the official Reopening Guidance for the Outdoor Recreation Sector in Oregon.  

This guidance is issued at the direction of the Governor under Executive Order No. 20-25.

 Attached Files: 

5/26/2020 at 4:32:18 PM GMT
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CDC Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting

The following attachment was developed by the CDC to help provide guidance for cleaning and disinfecting public spaces.

More information can also be found here:

 Attached Files: 

5/27/2020 at 6:12:49 PM GMT
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CDC Considerations for Parks & Recreation

The following are CDC guidance and considerations related to parks and recreation:


Park and Recreation Facilities

Includes communication/signage, health considerations, and worker safety.


Considerations for Public Pools, Hot Tubs, and Water Playgrounds During COVID-19

Maintaining healthy operations and signage.


Considerations for Youth and Summer Camps

Principles to reduce spread of disease, maintaining healthy operations, and special considerations for OVER NIGHT CAMPS.


Considerations for Reopening - YouTube Channel GP RED


5/28/2020 at 4:54:38 PM GMT
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Reopening Overnight and Residential Summer Camps

UPDATE (June 2): From the Governor's Office:

"Thank you for supporting the development of draft guidance to reopen overnight summer camps. After much consideration, and in consultation with the Oregon Health Authority and local public health officials, our office will not be allowing overnight camps to operate this summer. We are seeing increased cases in migrant housing and other settings involving overnight programming and, when it comes to Oregon’s children, we can’t take the risk of opening overnight summer camps. Our office will continue to work with the Oregon Health Authority to determine whether overnight camps and outdoor schools can operate under modified guidance in the fall.


Organizations that typically rent their facilities to adults or families may continue to do so, as long as meals and other programming are not provided. Organizations should refer to the Outdoor Recreation Guidance for this level of operation.


We apologize for this disruption in services and recognize the financial impact this has on your organizations, as well as the loss it may present to children and families. Thank you for your continued partnership as we work to determine what is best for Oregonians while living with COVID-19."


(5/28) Meeting with the Oregon Governor's Office: the following slides were put together as draft guidance for overnight and residential summer camp parameters for Phase 1.  

View slides here.

Draft Guidance Document Received May 30, 2020.

Last edited Tuesday, June 2, 2020

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