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Reopening Parks During COVID-19 6 A. Parsons UPDATE (June 2): From the Governor's Office: "Thank you for supporting the development of draft guidance to reopen overnight summer camps.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   (5/28) Meeting with the Oregon Governor's Office: the following slides were put together as draft guidance for overnight and residential summer camp parameters for Phase 1.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 Draft Guidance Document Received May 30, 2020.
by A. Parsons
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Outdoor Drinking Fountains - Current Status & Cleaning Protocols 0 K. DeHart Good Day Parkies,      I hope this finds you all as well as you can be in these challenging times. With this post, I'm hoping others will share: 1) What the current status of their public outdoor drinking fountains are (i.e., on vs. off); and 2) If any cleaning or disinfection practices have been instituted if they are on?      Here at the City of Portland, we've received direction from The Regional Public Health Multi-Agency Coordination Group to reintroduce public outdoor drinking fountains back into service to ensure that as temperatures rise, access to water is available for all. Thus far, I've received word from The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department that their outdoor drinking fountains have remained on and aren't receiving any special treatment, but I'd love additional feedback to best inform our approach in-line with our regional partners.       Thank you for your time and feedback. Take care of yourselves and take care of others. Sincerely, Kyle DeHart Health, Safety, & Environmental Specialist | Assets & Development  Portland Parks & Recreation 6437 SE Division St. Portland, OR 97206 Kyle.DeHart@portlandOregon.gov  
by K. DeHart
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Beaver State Podcast on COVID-19 0 A. Parsons The Beaver State Podcast released an episode pertaining to COVID-19 and recreation. Fishing and hunting remain open in Oregon during the Covid-19 crisis, but closures of parks, popular recreation spots and other public lands have made it difficult to find places to recreate. In this episode, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Spokesperson Chris Havel talks about the process of deciding to close state parks and what that mean for recreation opportunities in Oregon during the duration of this crisis.   Listen Now > 
by A. Parsons
Monday, April 20, 2020
Equity Lens During COVID-19 0 J. Blasher I've spoken with some directors about equity during this time.  How do we ensure an equity lens to the COVID response?  Is it possible to have a shared "agreement" or set of principles from the parks and rec community in guiding financial impacts and operational decisions moving forward?   As I finalize our department's equity lens in response to internal and external impacts, I'm curious if others want to collaborate on shared resources.   Is anyone else working on this?  Any thoughts?
by J. Blasher
Wednesday, April 8, 2020


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