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Parks and Rec Pivots During Smoky Conditions

BEND, OR -- As the final week of Bend Parks and Rec summer youth programs continues, air quality is keeping staff on their toes.

The district's Julie Brown tells KBND News they try not to cancel, “Our first choice usually is going to be to try and relocate some of those outdoor activities to an indoor space, if possible. That's been something that has been pretty successful with some of our summer camps.”

Brown says as Community Relations manager she updates their website daily to let parents know of changes, “We want to do what we can to limit duration and maybe change the exertion level. So that's what we've been doing in a lot of our camps. And we've also been looking for where could we go for a field trip to maybe get out of the air conditions?”

She says when the air quality index is above 150, many programs are moved inside, “We're trying to make some modifications. For kids in particular, their systems are even more sensitive than adults typically to air situations. So, we want to do what we can.”

Juniper Swim and Fitness outdoor pools also close if the AQI is over 200.

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