Parks & Recreation News
City of Astoria Closes Facilities Until Further Notice
Thu, Mar 26, 2020
The City of Astoria’s Park and Library facility closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic have been extended past the originally planned date of March 31st and will be kept in place until further notice.
This closure extension applies to all Parks and Recreation facilities including: the Astoria Aquatic Center, the Astoria Recreation Center, Little Sprouts, Port of Play, playgrounds and sport courts. The intent of these closures is to limit the potential spread of COVID-19 and assist with efforts to contain further impacts of the disease to our community.
City Hall will also extend its restriction of public access. Walk-in visitors are prohibited and admittance will be granted by appointment only. The Public Safety Building can be accessed via the walk-up vestibule. It is preferred that business be conducted over the phone or through email as much as possible.
Due to the constantly changing nature of the situation, the City has determined that the best course of action is to extend all closures to the public of facilities past April 1st; leaving reopen dates open-ended at this time. City staff are monitoring current conditions closely and are in regular contact with local, state, and federal health authorities in order to be of most service during this emergency.
As circumstances resolve and normal operational capacity is restored, the City will be taking incremental steps to restart services and continue regular offerings as feasible. This may entail disruptions to the restoration of programs until staffing and budgetary capabilities are assessed.
Patrons who require assistance may contact City Departments by phone or email for more information. The City also offers many services online at www.astoria.or.us.
Updates will be posted on the homepage of the City website under the COVID-19 tab as well as the Facebook pages of each Department. Water bills, parking tickets, parking space reservations and renewals, and more may be paid for over the phone. Customers may also place payments in the drop box outside of the main entrance to City Hall.
Pay your water bill using Quick Payment on the City’s website. Please have your account number ready as well as the customer’s last name as shown on the utility bill. Permit applications and questions about activities that are performed within the City and on City right-of-ways can be submitted through email. Contact information is provided on each form for questions.
All scheduled meetings of the City Council, Astoria Planning Commission, Historic Landmarks Commission and Design Review Commission will be streamed live for video and audio. Visit https://www.astoria.or.us/LIVE_STREAM.aspx for the links.
Friday, March 13, 2020
The City of Astoria encourages people to safely enjoy parks, trails and natural areas with social distancing modifications in place. To comply with Governor Kate Brown’s guidance on limiting the spread of COVID 19, the City is temporarily closing all play structures, sport courts, swings and other playground equipment at all park locations.
The COVID-19 virus can survive on hard surfaces like plastic or steel for up to 72 hours, making play structures particularly problematic because these areas cannot be adequately disinfected throughout the day to prevent the threat of transmission.
“Our first obligation is to provide for the continued safety of our residents and this step is a necessary means in reducing or preventing community spread of the virus” says Jonah Dart-McLean, acting Director of Parks and Recreation
Signs are being posted this week at all parks and sports courts; caution tape or other tools may be used to discourage use at high-traffic locations.
Compliance and cooperation are appreciated to help “flatten the curve” of new transmissions and keep hospital systems from being overwhelmed by COVID-19, which is highly contagious and poses severe health complications for about 20 percent of people who test positive.
Walking, hiking, biking, running and other park activities that do not involve bodily contact are optimal choices for youth and adults seeking outdoor activity. Other activities should be avoided or limited to groups of no more than 10 people and spacing should be limited to 6’ apart at all times.
The CDC cautions parents to minimize play dates among children at this time. If held, groups should be kept small and limited to those taking social distancing precautions.
To remain educated on COVID-19 prevention and response, visit U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Oregon Health Authority and Clatsop County Public Health.
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