Residents find ways to celebrate Labor Day safely

Spots such as Orchard Point Park at Fern Ridge and other areas near the lake were packed.

Posted: Sep 7, 2020 7:23 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- As most Americans had the day off Monday and children soak up the final moments of summer, many ditched the traditional barbecues and gatherings to choose safer and quieter options.

Spots such as Orchard Point Park at Fern Ridge and other areas near the lake were packed.

As residents shared, there are ways you can enjoy the day while doing so safely.

“There’s trails here, and there’s barely anyone around here,” Eugene resident Norm Miller said. “Everybody I noticed keeps their distance. Nobody’s complaining about taking away their freedom and whatever. Oregonians are a real nice bunch of people.”

Miller shared about the significance of the day for him.

“Labor Day means to me that I've worked 34 years driving trucks, and it's the one day you can take off and it’s a given that everybody is going to have this day as well as you,” Miller said.

While this Labor Day may have looked different than years past, residents still found ways to beat the heat and keep their distance.

“I thought today might be a little bit different than Saturday or Sunday with less people,” Eugene resident Mel Wolf said. “Plus we got an earlier start. I’ve got my son here, and he’s 16. We’re just going to do some swimming, maintain our distance and to not have to worry about putting masks on or anything while we’re in the water.”

Miller said Labor Day gained a slightly different meaning this year.

“Traditionally, it’s the start of football which is exciting because I like to go to Duck games and also volunteer at Oregon State,” Miller said. “So missing that.”

Eugene resident Candie Sagehorn also weighed in.

“I said that this is going to be a warm day, I thought,” Sagehorn said. “I said let's just pick up some lunch, go out by the lake and get our lawn chairs and enjoy the shade and just being outdoors. This pandemic has sort of kept a lot of us inside, and so it’s nice to get out.”

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