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Bend Park and Rec reopening two skate parks Saturday

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Bend Park and Rec District
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Older Ponderosa Park skate park still undergoing resurfacing; sport court details due next week

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- The Bend Park and Recreation District will reopen two skate parks for public use beginning Saturday, following guidance by state authorities to expand access to outdoor recreation facilities.

The skate parks have been closed since March under the state executive order related to COVID-19.

The park district has three skate parks. Two are located at Ponderosa Park and a third is at Rockridge Park. The older skate park at Ponderosa Park, known by users as “Old Pondi,” will remain temporarily closed until resurfacing maintenance work is completed.

“We know this has been a long wait for skate park users, and we appreciate the patience and understanding, as the popular park features were closed for safety in accordance with state restrictions,” said Michelle Healy, deputy executive director of the park district.

“Recreation and time spent outdoors is vitally important for physical and mental health, especially during this pandemic,” she added.

Skate park users are required to maintain current public health standards of 6-foot distancing and avoid gathering in groups. Park users are asked to stay home if they feel sick.

Signs and markings to designated recommended physical distancing space will be installed by Saturday morning, when barriers and caution tape will be removed.

The district is also working to establish guidelines for reopening sport courts, including pickleball, tennis, horse shoes and bocce. Sport courts were closed by the governor’s executive order and reopening is informed by the Guidance for Outdoor Recreation.

Plans are being finalized to ensure safe conditions for play while maintaining distance and minimizing touching of shared equipment. Details and timing for reopening of sport courts will follow early next week.

“Community members are eager to resume sport court play. We need continued patience as we finalize plans, and we’ll ask for compliance with reopening rules to maintain access to the courts,” Healy said.

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