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Jackson County parks system shuts down

Jackson County’s park system shut down Tuesday, except for the Southern Oregon RV Park near Central Point, which is housing emergency and medical workers.

“Emergency responders and traveling medical personnel will continue to be allowed to stay at the Southern Oregon RV Park, as they are serving a critical need to our community,” county officials announced Tuesday.

The Jackson County parks system had previously been under a partial closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The decision to shut down virtually all county park facilities came after Gov. Kate Brown issued a statewide order Monday directing the public to stay home except for essential outings, such as going to work, visiting grocery stores, pharmacies and doctors’ office.

Campers at Emigrant Lake and Rogue Elk Park were required to vacate their campsites by noon Tuesday. Campers being forced to leave may contact the Jackson County Parks office at 541-774-8183 for refunds, or email ParksInfo@Jacksoncounty.org.

The county parks closure includes Cantrall Buckley, Emigrant Lake, Willow Lake, Rogue Elk, Upper Rogue Regional, the Riverhouse, Takelma, Dodge Bridge, Agate Lake, Burns Park, the White City Library park, Jackson County Sports Park, day-use facilities at the Southern Oregon RV Park and all facilities surrounding Howard Prairie Reservoir.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or valdous@rosebudmedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @VickieAldous.

Southern Oregon RV Park is being used by emergency responders and traveling medical personnel. All other Jackson County park facilities have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.