Corvallis Allows for Fitness in the Park

The Corvallis-Benton County Economic Development Office, in partnership with the Corvallis Parks & Recreation Department, has begun issuing special use permits that will allow certain fitness establishments to host outdoor classes in designated parks throughout the city. Cloverland Park, Riverfront Commemorative Park, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, Riverbend Park, and Chepenafa Springs Park are eligible for use under this permit program.  

The office collaborated with a number of local fitness providers to develop the program, which is intended to offer support to fitness establishments that have been negatively impacted by limited capacity restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

There are requirements that establishments must meet in order to be eligible. First, they must be brick and mortar fitness businesses that can provide proof of having been impacted directly by COVID-19 public health restrictions. Businesses must also adhere to all current COVID-19 guidelines, including physical distancing and the use of face coverings, as determined in the Sector Guidance issued by the Oregon Health Authority. Finally, businesses must provide proof of general liability insurance in accordance with city policies. 

The program is set to run through September 30, 2021 from 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. For more information on permit requirements, businesses may contact Economic Development Specialist Heather Stevens by calling 541-766-6422 or emailing heather.stevens@corvallisoregon.gov. Additional resources related to COVID-19 support for local businesses can be found at www.yescorvallis.org/resources. 

By Emilie Ratcliff