Ashland ice rink will not open this winter
The Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink will not open for the 2020-21 winter season because of health concerns associated with the pandemic, according to the Ashland Parks & Recreation Department.
The decision is based on Gov. Kate Brown’s risk assessment for COVID-19 spread in individual counties and statewide. Jackson County is currently in the “extreme risk” category, where it will remain for at least two weeks due to a recent spike in cases. From Nov. 15 to Nov. 28, the county saw 985 cases of the illness, a rate of 445.1 cases per 100,000 residents, according to the state’s COVID-19 website, https://coronavirus.oregon.gov/Pages/living-with-covid-19.aspx.
COVID-19 is considered widespread in counties with populations of 30,000 or more with rates of 200 per 100,000 residents or more during a two-week period. The county has been in the “extreme risk” category since mid-November.
“Based on the current metrics, we feel the most responsible decision is to not open the ice rink this season,” APRC Director Michael A. Black said in a news release. “While this is disappointing, we have to keep the health and safety of our staff and our community at the forefront.”