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Eugene and Lane County parks staying open

Officials remind parkgoers to be vigilant with social distancing.

Posted: Mar 19, 2020 7:09 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- City and Lane County parks are still open, and some have found them to be the perfect place for social distancing while also getting outside, but parkgoers still need to use caution.

At Lane County Parks, organizers have canceled events and are refunding site reservations for those events.

Officials said they are seeing more people use the parks as the weather warms up. They have stepped up their cleaning efforts of restrooms and showers based on usage. But officials said not all facilities are part of their cleaning routine.

They're urging the public to use their best judgment when touching surfaces at playgrounds and dog parks and practice good hygiene.

For more information on Lane County parks, click here.

Bill Bernes said he's spending a lot of time at home and getting fresh air helps him clear his head.

"I actually feel a lot better because you're more isolated and away from people than you are in the workforce," Bernes said.

Eugene parks, trails and open spaces are also remaining open, but officials are asking the public to stay vigilant with social distancing.

They said they have increased restroom cleaning efforts but can't sanitize benches, playgrounds or other structures because of limited resources. They have placed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention signs at playgrounds and added portable toilets at high-use park restrooms.

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