Tomorrow (May 15), Steen Sports Park’s gates will be re-opened to the public consistent with the county’s reopening plan and the Oregon Health Authority’s, Specific Guidance for Outdoor Recreation Organizations1. The park’s playgrounds, sports courts, and indoor facilities, including
restrooms, will not be open during this phase of the reopening plan.
“We’re not fully open yet, but this is a positive step for the park and our community” said Scott White, Interim Director for the park who added that he’s still not certain whether there will be summer events at the park, but the park is doing everything they can to comply with the reopening guidelines to get to the next phase of reopening.
Signage will be posted throughout the park detailing specific guidance for individuals recreating at the park. The park is asking that everyone comply with the guidelines during these times so the park can continue to progress toward fully reopening. “The key takeaway with the guidelines is to continue social distancing,” White noted. “Do not congregate, and of course, do not come to the park if you are experiencing any symptoms.”
Stemming from the cancellation of its spring soccer season, Basin United Soccer Club is hopeful that they can implement some form of soccer this summer. “There is no guarantee that we can pull something together at this point,” said Kelly Ruiz, Operations Manager for Basin United Soccer Club.
“We need things to continue to come together which includes cooperation from people utilizing the park.”
The park, in partnership with the Klamath Basin Pickleball Association (KBPA), recently completed a brand new six-court pickleball facility. Kristi Redd, President of KBPA, recognizes the desire to play on these courts but urges folks to comply with the current guidelines, “I encourage people to get outside and enjoy the weather, but I am asking everyone to be mindful of the distancing and gathering guidelines that are in place.” KBPA will not be organizing pickleball events at this time. They remain optimistic that events will take place this summer though.
White expressed his gratitude to the county and the countless community members who tirelessly worked with the Governor’s office to begin phase one of the county’s reopening plan. “This is not just about the park. It’s about all the great people that call this place home.”