A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

A sure sign of summer at Waverly Lake

Written June 26th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Paddle boaters get ready to board at Waverly Lake on Friday afternoon.

Now it’s summer in Albany. How do we know, other than from basking in warm sunshine? Because the paddle boats are back in operation at Waverly Lake.

Parks and Recreation relaunched the program on the pond between Pacific Boulevard and Salem Avenue this week.

It’s supposed to run Wednesdays through Sundays until Sept. 6, according to a sign at the dock. On Mondays and Tuesdays the boats are locked up.

Because of the corona crisis, the program is kind of limited this summer. You can’t just drop by and expect to get a boat, the parks department says on its website.

“Advanced registration required,” it says, unfortunately without explaining how and where one is supposed to register in advance.

Also because of corona, there’s a lot of disinfecting of the boats taking place between rides.

As you can see, social distancing is impossible on one of these craft. And as far as I know, you’re not expected to wear a face mask while paddling around on this pond. (hh)

And they’re off, with a push from the attendant.

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