Your Y's 132-year history in Lane County gives us the experience to know how a community emerges from trying times. Our founding in 1887 means that YMCA leaders supported the community through the 1918 flu pandemic, two World Wars, the continuing obesity epidemic and the rise of diseases such as diabetes and cancer. 

No one individual or organization is the hero in the end.

Y members Marcia and Wendy hike at Hendricks Park while keeping their distance 
It's only by working together, pooling our resources and standing united that our community survives and even grows stronger, more efficient and better able to respond in the future.

So it only makes sense that your Y is partnering with Willamalane, City of Eugene Recreation and Parks and Open Space, and River Road Park & Recreation District to guide our residents in the safest ways to stay healthy while creating social and physical distance. 

We are banding together with a common message:  Social distancing doesn't need to mean social isolation.

Getting outdoors and finding ways to exercise at home are great options when it comes to staying healthy while helping stop the spread of the coronavirus. We are working together to promote healthy programming in new, creative channels. 

Most of you already know that your Y opened its virtual doors to the community to support health and wellness and mental well-being.  The Y's fitness instructors have been creating fitness classes in the Y's Movement Center and uploading them to the  Eugene Family YMCA's YouTube page . More are being created each day and they are available to anyone cleared by their physician to exercise. And the national YMCA also has virtual workouts available . Willamalane has similar free resources available online , too.

Y leaders join Eugene Rec last September during EUG Parade and Sunday Streets
"One of the many ways we help the community is by combating social isolation and its side effects of depression, anxiety and loneliness,"  says Brian Steffen, CEO of the Eugene Family YMCA. "That's why it is so important during this time of safety-related physical and social distancing that we join with our partners to reach the most community members and offer connection from familiar, friendly faces. It will always serve Lane County best if nonprofits like ourselves work with other nonprofits and our government leaders--- collaboratively and collectively."

While all of us want to encourage getting active and outdoors,  it's vital to follow the current social distancing recommendations, indoors and out. 
National Parks and Recreation Association published the following guidelines :
  • Follow CDC's guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to trails - wash hands, carry hand sanitizer, do not use trails if you have symptoms, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, etc.
    Y staff Kate enjoys a solo
    bike ride along the
    Willamette River
  • Observe at all times CDC's minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people. Practice it and know what it looks like. Keep it as you walk, bike or hike.
  • Warn other trail users of your presence and as you pass to allow proper distance and step off trails to allow others to pass, keeping minimum recommended distances at all times. Signal your presence with your voice, bell or horn.
  • Note that trail and park users may find public restrooms closed--- be prepared before you leave and time outings so that you are not dependent on public restrooms.
  • Bring water or drinks--- public drinking fountains may be disabled and should not be used, even if operable.
  • Bring a suitable trash bag. Leave no trash, take everything out to protect park workers.
Families should use caution at places like playgrounds:
  • Local parks currently do not have the resources to maintain constant sanitization of playground equipment.
  • Residents should use caution when using shared playground equipment.
  • If you or your child has been in contact with any park equipment, make sure to wash your hands and follow the CDC's guidelines.
  • But just because you shouldn't use the playground doesn't mean that you can't have fun: Walk to your nearest park and read a book or play the game of hide and seek.  
View of the sunset from the
top of Spencer Butte
Please use our partners' resources to maintain your physical and mental health.

Willamalane has fitness videos , activities for kids at home , and a list of parks and trails on its website HERE . All facility and program updates will be available online as well.

River Road Park & Recreation District is developing arts and crafts videos for children that will be available for anyone following spring break. These videos, along with all facility and program updates are available at HERE .

Eugene Rec is developing online videos and activities to keep our community active and connected. Stay tuned to the City of Eugene Recreation Facebook and Instagram pages.

We will get through this --- but only together. 
It's in our connectedness that we find strength.


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