Happy Valley Park & COVID-19
COVID-19 Happy Valley Park Update
The cancellation of our traditional 4th of July Family Festival and Fireworks Show is a huge disappointment for us, but the safety and health of our community are our main priorities. As reported by Oregon Health Authority, COVID-19 cases are surging throughout Oregon and the virus is continuing to spread. To this end, we have made the difficult decision to close the main gates of Happy Valley Park on Saturday, July 4. The goal in doing this is to curb large groups of full-day visitors, especially those who do not reside in Happy Valley. The Park’s trails and fields will still be accessible, but parking lots and restrooms will remain closed for the duration of the holiday in efforts to encourage everyone to stay closer to home. Security will be onsite to monitor the Park’s general safety.
2020 will mark the first time in nearly 20 years that the City of Happy Valley will not hold its traditional festival, and nearly 50 years since the annual fireworks show will not be displayed. Like many of you, we too are experiencing a sense of loss in the cancellation of our beloved event, but we are very much looking forward to celebrating with the community next year and are excited about the opportunities next summer will bring.
The City will be opening Happy Valley Park’s baseball and soccer fields to youth sports organizations for scheduled use. Activities will be limited to drills and general practice, and groups are limited to 10 persons. Sports organization representatives will have an official permit noting the reservation time for specific fields. The baseball and soccer fields continue to remain open to residents and the general public during all other Park hours. The City is working with organizers of the sports groups to ensure use of the fields are contained to scheduled permit times and social distancing expectations are communicated to coaches and participants.
The City of Happy Valley has made the critical decision to temporarily update the rules at Happy Valley Park amid the quickly evolving COVID-19 situation. While being outside, exercising, and burning energy is certainly important for everyone during this time, we believe we have a responsibility to create some explicit parameters that will better allow for the recommended social distancing practices to be carried out. Remember Temporary Rules for Park Use Due to the COVID-19.
The public health emergency and in compliance with direction from the state of Oregon the following temporary rules are in effect:
- Maintain Physical Distance: Keep 6 feet of distance between your group and other visitors.
- Follow State Rules for Group Size: Groups are limited to 25 people.
- Be Healthy: If you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, stay home. These are symptoms of COVID-19, please call your healthcare provider.
All Park trails, walking paths, and boardwalk to remain open.
Restrooms will continue to be cleaned twice per day (AM/PM).
The City is taking these precautions in efforts to help curb the spread of this virus and better encourage social distancing in this popular communal space. To help enforce these rules, the City’s public safety team will be monitoring the Park’s activity during open park hours each day. There will also be plenty of signs at each area mentioned above to help alert and remind park goers of these rules. Again, the City will continue to monitor and evaluate park protocols on an ongoing basis.
- All Happy Valley parks and trails
- Community garden – open to plot holders only
- Tennis courts – singles play only
- Skate park – limit of 5 at a time
- Fields for family and small group use
- Dog parks – limited to 5 persons per section at a time
CLOSED for Now:
- Outdoor equipment
- Sports fields for organized groups
- Picnic shelters
- Basketball courts
- Splash pad
- Drinking fountains
- No vendors will be permitted in any area of the Park
Temporary Rules for Use of Tennis Courts
Maintain six-foot distancing from others at all times.
Don’t congregate on courts, in common areas, or parking lots.
Limit or stagger playing groups.
Play singles only – doubles play with household members only.
Clean and sanitize paddles, rackets and water bottles.
Do not share equipment.