Roseburg keeps parks open, urges social distancing

City officials said the playgrounds and play structures will remain closed to the public.

Posted: Apr 9, 2020 5:57 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The City of Roseburg is keeping their parks open, as long as people maintain social distancing.

However, city officials said the playgrounds and play structures will remain closed to the public.

The city closed the playgrounds in March to comply with Gov. Kate Brown’s executive order to close all playgrounds and sports courts to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

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City officials said they’ve closed Sunshine Park, which is five miles east of downtown Roseburg. Because the park consists of mainly sports fields and a playground, they decided to close it completely to comply with the executive order.

If law enforcement catches someone on a playground, communication specialist Eric Johnson said the city will not be writing tickets.

“If a situation like that came about, they would just educate folks and say, ‘Hey you’re not supposed to be here per executive order,’” said Johnson.

Some Roseburg residents told KEZI 9 News that they’ve noticed a lot of people ignoring the executive order and social distancing.

“The playground is completely sectioned off from the public, but people are still letting their kids play on it,” said resident Ricky Lewis.

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