A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley
That bundle of crumpled black plastic you see in my left fist is a dozen or more dog waste bags the Albany Parks Department was kind enough to supply and somebody then threw away or carelessly dropped on the Cox Creek Path.
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.
Beautiful spring weather and no more caution tape intended to keep children away. You’d think the playgrounds in Albany’s city parks on Wednesday would have been teeming with kids.
From the Cox Creek Path, you don’t see the creek for which it is named, especially not late in the spring when the vegetation runs wild.
Considering these “temporary rules” I read Sunday on the fence of the pickleball courts at Albany’s Eleanor Hackleman Park, it’s hard to see how anybody could play the game, let alone enjoy it.
We shouldn’t forget that so many people in Oregon have lost their jobs and income because of the coronavirus panic. But Albany’s forest trails offer at least a chance to get away from the news.
With schools out for weeks on end this spring, there’s only so much time you can spend with video games. So brothers Mason and Wyatt Knecht joined their Dad Wednesday in doing volunteer work outdoors.