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Corona update: Playgrounds and such

Written June 14th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s Kinder Park playground on Sunday: No tape (it seemed) and no kids.

City officials hope they get “guidance” from the state that will allow them to reopen children’s playgrounds in Albany parks this week. But on Sunday one looked open already, and another had activity while still posted for “no public use.”

Kinder Park off Oak Street looked open because there was no caution tape to keep kids away. But when I went by there, nobody was using the equipment. And upon closer inspection, what was left of the tape was lying on the ground:

Later I swung by Eleanor Hackleman Park, where the tape was still up around the play apparatus and kids were happily playing all around it.

City Manager Peter Troedsson told the council on Friday that playgrounds were “being inspected and cleaned up for opening. We’ll open as soon as (Oregon Health Authority) guidance is received.”

He anticipated the guidance by Wednesday.

Other reopening plans for Albany Parks and Rec activities such as swimming and softball also are in the works. Check the city’s website and Facebook account for the latest.

The Oregon Health Authority on Sunday reported that as of midnight, there had been 5,636 cases of COVID-19 in the state, and 176 people or 3 percent had died. Nearly 170,000 tests for the virus had come back negative.

In Linn County there had been 126 reported cases and nine deaths while 5,437 people were tested and found not to have the virus.

For Benton County, the numbers were 63 cases, five deaths and 4,568 negative tests. (hh)




4 responses to “Corona update: Playgrounds and such”

  1. Gordon L. Shadle says:

    The Gov approved the reopening of Bend and Redmond playgrounds a week ago.

    And, like Albany, they are waiting for the additional OHA “guidance.”

    So waiting for “guidance” is a bogus reason to keep the playgrounds closed.


  2. Lundy says:

    I’m a baseball guy myself, but I scanned the list of restrictions for softball. Sounds like a festive time will be had by all. I particularly enjoyed learning of the plan to disinfect the ball several times during each game, which seems pretty pointless unless the goal is to ensure the ball feels sort of damp.

    • hj.anony1 says:

      Wipe the ball down after each pitch. Slows the game and it maybe what we need.

      Wipe it all away including 45. We NEED someone who is not a GIANT divider.

  3. Jon says:

    SARS-COV-2 rarely transfers on surfaces or outside and dies when the temperature is above
    75 degrees, according to the CDC. These restrictions are not based on science.

    The news media is a problem too; they are not asking the right questions.


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