It has been 46 days since Governor Kate Brown enforced the Stay Home, Save Lives executive order, and such prolonged isolation can take a toll on mental and physical health. Students and community members may be used to walking to class, biking around town, skateboarding to the grocery store and jogging with friends as sources of physical activity. Even though those options are now limited, Corvallis still has natural areas that remain open for safe, socially-distant exercise and activities.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that individuals stay six feet, or about two arm lengths, apart from each other. The CDC also asks that people do not gather in groups and avoid crowded areas.

While these requirements limit quite a few opportunities, there are many Parks and Recreation areas open in Corvallis that allow visitors to respect the CDC recommendations.

Although all baseball, soccer and football fields are currently closed, the 18-hole Willamette disk-golf course is available for those who are looking for a way to spend some time outdoors while respecting distancing requirements.

All city park playgrounds are closed, but many areas are still open for biking, strolling or running. All public restrooms are currently closed, but portable toilets are available for use.

The following parks and natural areas are currently open to the public in the greater Corvallis area.

- North Riverfront Park

- Willamette Park

- Crystal Lake Sports Park

- Pioneer Park

- Central Park

- Bald Hill Natural Area

- Chintimini Park

- Bruce Starker Arts Park

- Garfield Park

- Porter Park

- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park

- Avery Park

- McDonald-Dunn Research Forest

- Fitton Green Natural Area

- Jackson Frazier

At this moment, all events, classes, groups and other scheduled activities by Parks and Recreation have been cancelled. Any and all updates can be found on the City of Corvallis and Corvallis Parks and Recreation websites, or at the Parks and Recreation Department phone number, (541)-766-6918.

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