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Ashland announces new park closures

Ashland Parks and Recreation is closing park facilities, playgrounds, sports courts and fields in accordance with the latest mandate by Gov. Kate Brown to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

The move, announced through a press release Monday, was effective immediately.

Restroom facilities along well-used trails will remain open, and portable bathrooms and hand-washing stations will stay put, but almost everything else will be off-limits.

The long list of closures in Ashland includes all playgrounds throughout the Ashland park system; all basketball courts, tennis courts and pickleball courts; all sports fields, including the North Mountain Park baseball and softball fields and Hunter Park baseball field; Ashland dog park; Ashland skate park; Garfield Park volleyball court, basketball court and splash pad; Oak Knoll Golf Course; Daniel Meyer Memorial Pool; and any facility not previously mentioned at which “proper social distancing cannot be maintained.”

There were a few exceptions. All walking paths, trails and bike routes remain open for public use.

For more information, contact Ashland Parks and Recreation at parksinfo@ashland.or.us or call 541-488-5340.

The parks department will post regular updates on its website, ashlandparksandrec.org.

Oak Knoll Golf Course is among the Ashland parks facilities closed due to COVID-19.