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Portland to keep pools closed all summer, cancel camps due to COVID-19

Portland Parks and Recreation camps, activities and public swimming pools will remain closed all summer, the bureau announced Tuesday.

PORTLAND, Ore. β€” Portland Parks and Recreation says it will not open seasonal public swimming pools this summer and will cancel all camps and activities because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the department announced the measures Tuesday. 

Parks, trails and nature areas remain open and park greeters will be deployed β€œto make sure people know how to use their park system safely during the pandemic.”

Portland Parks and Recreation Director Adena Long said in a statement they have had to layoff or not hire hundreds of valued seasonal employees, that it was difficult news and that they will miss everyone this summer.

Note: The video in the player above first aired on March 24, after Portland and Vancouver initially decided to close parks and playgrounds

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