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City of Astoria, Oregon

 

COVID-19 Closure

Update: January 21, 2021

Astoria Aquatic Center: 

On Wednesday, January 20, 2021, the Astoria City Council directed staff to begin working toward a limited reopening the Astoria Aquatic Center.

The Parks and Recreation Department’s tentative plan is to reopen to reserved, drop-in only service in early March, 2021. The anticipated schedule will feature 3 days per week opening for 8 hours per day and 1 day per week for 4 hours.  Hours of operation will be: Monday/ Wednesday/ Friday from 7:00am- 10:00am, 11:00am-1:00pm and 4:00pm- 7:00pm and Saturdays from 11:00am- 3:00pm.

To comply with Oregon Health Authority’s mandates and restrictions for aquatic center operations, the facility will be open at 25% capacity and the aquatic center will be utilizing a reservation system where patrons will have access to the facility in 45 minute increments at the top of each open hour. The facility will close for 15 minutes hourly to allow staff to fully sanitize all use areas.  Masks and a short health screening will be required to enter the facility and all health and safety measures will be in place to ensure staff and community safety. The Astoria Aquatic Center will only be open for operation when the county is classified at High Risk level or lower.

Update: June 17, 2020

Playgrounds and skateparks are now OPEN per Oregon State Phase 2 Reopening. Signage will be posted accordingly. Skateparks have a maximum occupancy of 25. Please follow these health and safety guidelines. 

  • Please maintain 6’ distance
  • Wear masks when possible
  • Sanitize or wash your hands frequently
  • Avoid congregating in large groups
  • Do not enter playgrounds if you have COVID 19 symptoms or have come into contact with individuals who have tested positive

Read the Oregon State announcement here. pdf Document

Update: June 8, 2020

  • The Parks Department is still unable at this time to restore many of the services previously provided due to operational and financial constraints
  • Park spaces are open with grounds and facilities maintenance continuing.
  • Lil' Sprouts Academy will open June 15 with limited capacity. Not accepting new enrollments, only waitlist
  • Astoria Aquatic Center remains closed until further notice

The Astoria Parks and Recreation Department’s offerings have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Despite the easing of restrictions to activities as Clatsop County has entered Phase 2, the Parks Department is still unable at this time to restore many of the services we previously provided due to operational and financial constraints.

Per direction from our City Council, the Parks and Recreation Department is focused on critical operations related to grounds and facilities maintenance to ensure we continue to provide safe open spaces for people to recreate and infrastructure is not degraded due to inattention or lack of use.  In addition, childcare services at Lil’ Sprouts Academy will resume in a limited form on June 15th.  That program has seen a reduction in capacity to comply with necessary health and safety guidelines and is currently not accepting new enrollments at this time.  To learn more or to request your child’s name be added to the waitlist, please contact Brianna Bowker, Recreation Manager, at bbowker@astoria.or.us.  The Phase 2 guidelines also mandate that playgrounds must remain closed, we appreciate your continued patience and hope that the Parks open areas are sufficient for recreation opportunities at this time.

While aquatic facilities and gyms have been cleared to open on a limited basis in Phase 2, there are financial and operational challenges that must be overcome before our Department can reopen the Astoria Aquatic Center.  The AAC’s funding is dependent on Transient Room Tax revenues which have been reduced due to the closure of hotels and motels for the past few months.  In addition, normal revenue streams from user fees have been lost while the facility has been closed since March 13th.  Coupled with this dilemma are new operational guidelines that will necessitate complete retraining of staff, require additional staff roles for monitoring social distancing, and the implementation of new techniques and procedures in order to reduce the risk of spread of infection when the AAC is able to open its doors.  Our Department is working hard to analyze the situation and work toward solutions, we will do our best to return to normal operations as quickly and safely as we are able.  Terra Patterson, Aquatics Supervisor, can be reached at tpatterson@astoria.or.us if you have questions regarding the AAC.

Due to the constantly changing nature of the situation, we will be doing our best to keep patrons and residents of the area informed of our steps forward.  I am happy to answer questions or address concerns of community members and can be reached at the contact information below.

I am very sorry for the continued disruption to our services and we’re eager to return to providing the important and excellent services that the Parks and Recreation Department is known and beloved for.

Thank you for your continued patience and please let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,
 
Jonah Dart-McLean
Director of Parks and Recreation
503-298-2467
jdart@astoria.or.us

Read PDF of Phase II announcement here. pdf Document

Read PDF of APR Refund Policy here. pdf Document

 

 Update: May 28, 2020

While our parks remain open, please recreate responsibly and maintain a distance of 6 feet. Due to the Governor's guidance for Phase 1 reopening, the following facilities are temporarily closed:

  • Playgrounds
  • Skateparks
  • Sport Courts and Fields

Remember to thoroughly wash your hands. Park restrooms are also cleaned less than twice a day. 

Read the Governor's reopening guidance for Outdoor Recreation Organizations HERE pdf Document

Update: March 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 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.

Update: March 26, 2020

To best comply with the guidance from the Governor's office, the Parks and Recreation Department will close all indoor facilities (parks will remain open) and temporarily halt services until March 31st. 

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. Read the full release here

The Clatsop County Health Department continues to update its website with the latest and most accurate information, including what to do if you feel sick or have come into contact with someone with the COVID-19/coronavirus.

Stay Informed:
Clatsop County Health Department
Oregon Health Authority

 

Refund Policy

The City of Astoria’s Parks and Recreation Department is aware that the unexpected interruption to services and programs due to the COVID-19 pandemic is causing financial difficulty for our patrons. Our Department is committed to providing resolutions that work best for our community members and we have developed a refund/credit policy to address this specific issue as it relates to services scheduled through March 31, 2020. Changes that may affect April services and payments will be communicated at a later date, as impacts to our services and programs develop.

All payments to date for services and programs in month of March will be eligible for credit added to household accounts toward future charges, prorated for the days prior to interruption of our offerings.

  • Aquatic Center and Land & Water monthly passes: credit will be prorated for 17 missed days to accounts
  • Recreation Center passes: credit will be prorated for 12 missed days to accounts
  • Little Sprouts Academy:
    • credit for full time care will be prorated for 12 missed days to accounts
    • credit for part-time care will be prorated as follows:
      • M/W/F Full Days: prorated for 7 days missed (41% of tuition)
      • M/W/F ½ Days: prorated for 3.5 days missed (41% of tuition)
      • T/Th Full Days: prorated for 5 days missed (55% of tuition)
      • T/Th ½ Days: prorated for 2.5 days missed (55% of tuition)
  • ARC After School Kid Zone: credit will be prorated for up to 7 days (dependent on registered days for the month) to accounts
  • ARC Spring Break Day Camp: credit is offered for all registered dates

If refunds due to cancellations are preferred, you may request that option via email using the information below. Please be aware that we will not be able to provide checks picked up at City Hall and all refunds will be mailed or can be applied directly back to payment credit cards used for purchase.

Automatic withdrawals for services and memberships for future months’ use will be suspended until we are able to offer access to the public again. ACH payments will be withdrawn 7 calendar days after our facilities reopen to the public. If you wish to cancel, or temporarily halt ACH payments, please reach out so we can assist you.

  • Acting Director of Parks and Recreation Jonah Dart-McLean: jdart@astoria.or.us
  • Recreation Manager Brianna Bowker bbowker@astoria.or.us
  • Aquatics Supervisor Terra Patterson tpatterson@astoria.or.us

Due to limited staffing and the nature of this fluid situation, we will do our best to respond as quickly as possible to inquiries.
We appreciate your patience while we are adjusting to this unforeseen and challenging circumstance and look forward to seeing you in our facilities again soon!

Read the PDF version of this policy here. pdf Document

 

 

  

Employee of the Month

Brianna Bowker has led our Recreation Division since 2018 and she’s worked tirelessly since then to raise the bar for the many programs and activities she oversees: youth and adult sports, pre-k childcare, special events, summer camps and after school care for elementary students, and much more.  Brianna is a driving force for our department and sets a positive example for the staff she leads and the patrons she serves.  We wish we could say more to emphasize how important she is to our organization, but we’ll settle for a big THANK YOU BRI!!!!

Park Partner of the Month

We wanted to recognize our community partner the US Coast Guard, and specifically their Rescue Swimmer unit that uses our facilities to train.  Coast Guard personnel are always quick to volunteer assistance and we are so grateful for our partnership with our local USCG members.  Semper Paratus!


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