Closures Support COVID-19 Social Distancing Guidelines
Effective immediately, the City of Camas has closed the parking lots at all Camas parks and trailheads until further notice to reduce crowds, limit group interaction and encourage social distancing during the COVID-19 crisis.
Trails, open grass areas and green spaces remain open but may only be accessed by foot, bike or other means not requiring parking in the lot.
“I appreciate the many benefits of being outside, enjoying our trails and green spaces,” said Mayor Barry McDonnell, “but we must continue to social distance to slow the spread of the coronavirus.”
Individuals should not call 911 to report others in noncompliance and should avoid confrontations over enforcement.
The City is closely monitoring all COVID-19-related guidance from local and state agencies and has enacted several changes as a result. Last week, the City closed all parks facilities, including play structures, sports fields, sports courts, picnic shelters and restrooms. Earlier this month, Camas Parks and Recreation canceled all programs, special events and facility rentals through April 2020. City Hall, Camas Public Library and all other municipal buildings have also been closed to the public.
“I know we will get through this,” stated McDonnell. “And if everyone does their part, we’ll get through it even faster.”
The City will continue to monitor newly released information to determine additional modifications as needed.
- To see up-to-date programming and operations changes, the public is encouraged to visit the Camas Local Response webpage.
- To access to city services, pans can use this website, www.cityofcamas.us,call 360-834-6864 or use the CamasConnect app.
In order to meet public health recommendations for protecting citizens and employees, parks maintenance crews have been split and are working every-other-week shifts. During this time, the City’s park lawns will continue to be mowed, though potentially less frequently, and garbage will still be collected to uphold the health and safety of public spaces. Other routine tasks will be deferred. The City thanks the public for its patience and understanding.