COVID-19 Update Happy Valley Park
Following updates to the Governor’s orders related to outdoor recreation, the City of Happy Valley’s playgrounds at Happy Valley Park will reopen. The All Abilities Park and adjoining play area are ready for use as of today, however the playgrounds closer to the main Park entrance will reopen effective tomorrow, Thursday, September 10, 2020 by noon. The fencing surrounding the play structures will remain up and entrances will be created to allow visitors access. Those utilizing these areas within the Park are asked to maintain physical distancing and follow the posted signs related to maximum occupants. Playgrounds will specifically be limited to ten (10) persons at a time. The City is also encouraging visitors to be diligent about washing their hands or using hand sanitizer as an additional precaution.
The City will continue to follow the Governor’s orders and will be watching closely for any updates to recreation as new information arises. Park staff will be reminding visitors of playground rules as needed, but the City is hopeful the public will comply as the City’s ability to respond to every violation will not be feasible. While the City is very much looking forward to reopening all Park amenities, it is first and foremost committed to ensuring the safety of residents, visitors, and staff as it makes a concerted effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. The City asks that anyone who utilizes the Park please support in this collaborative effort by following Park rules and cooperating with these temporary orders so everyone can enjoy this beloved community space.
Fencing installed at skate park and playgrounds
In efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19, the City has taken some additional precautions at Happy Valley Park. This week, temporary fencing was installed around the perimeter of the skate park in efforts to create a designated space for those actively using the facility. Please note that only five (5) persons maximum are permitted within the skate park enclosure at any given time. All participants using the skate park are also reminded to wear helmets, per the Park’s official rules and regulations. Those found in violation of any of these rules may be asked to leave or issued a civil citation.
Fencing has also been installed around the mesh barricades surrounding playgrounds and exercise stations. In accordance with Executive Orders issued by the Governor, playgrounds were directed to close in May 2020 and currently will remain closed until Clackamas County reaches Phase II. Once playgrounds are permitted to reopen by Order of the Governor, the City will remove all fencing in these areas. In the meantime, those found in violation of this Order may be cited for trespassing.
While these additional provisions may be met with criticism, please know the City is attempting to do its part to slow the spread of the virus while also meeting the expectations set forth by the Governor. Less intrusive measures attempted by the City unfortunately have not been successful as evidenced by continued destruction of previously utilized barricades and signage. The City’s Public Safety Team has also been responding daily to numerous violations, many of which originate from Park visitors who live in the greater Portland Metro area. This has been frustrating as it is the City’s intent to keep the Park open to the extent permitted, so that residents and visitors alike can utilize it.
The City is asking all park goers to please assist in following the rules and help keep these recreational spaces open as much as possible. Destruction of fencing and signs are costly to the City and require staff time to replace. The City very much understands the community’s frustration with some Park amenities being unavailable for use, however it is the City’s responsibility to ensure community safety and follow Executive Orders. The City is continuing to evaluate the safety of all areas within the Park and is committed to reassessing needs in conjunction with new information issued by the Governor. The City will continue to keep the community updated as to any further changes at Happy Valley Park.