"We know these last six weeks has seemed longer, but your health is important to us," OPRD Director Lisa Simpson said in a press release. "It is true outdoor recreation boosts our mental and physical health, but parks concentrate people in a community, and we have to do this carefully if it's going to work."
Parks that are opening for limited daytime use include:
- Tryon Creek
- Willamette Mission
- Mongold boat ramp at Detroit Lake
- State Capitol State Park
- The Cove Palisades boat ramp and Lake Billy Chinook
- Prineville Reservoir boat ramp
- Joseph Stewart boat ramp on Lost Creek Lake
- Pilot Butte for pedestrians (no vehicles)
Other state parks will see limited use slowly roll into effect starting on May 11, based on the readiness of each community they belong to, and not all restrooms will be open still.
However, just because these places are open doesn't mean you have to go to them. Remember to stay home if you're feeling sick or come back at a different time if a park appears too crowded. If you do plan on attending a park, remember to wear a face covering, stay 6 feet away from people not in your household, cover coughs with tissue or inside of the elbow, keep visits short and as always, leave no trace.
"We need your cooperation to keep parks open," added Simpson.