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County video details satisfaction with results of 2013 ordinance restricting alcohol use in parks

While the region enjoys record-breaking temperatures, visitors to county parks are reminded that personal items taken into the parks are subject to visual inspection and possession of alcohol is prohibited except in designated areas with a permit.

This 2013 ordinance change has led to positive changes along stretches of the Clackamas River according to a video produced by Clackamas County and its partners.

The video features interviews from property-owners on the Clackamas River and Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit officer Sgt. Steve Thoroughman discussing positive changes on the river after the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) amended the Parks Ordinance last August.

A Cleaner Clackamas River was produced earlier this year as an internet video and is currently airing on the Clackamas County Government Channel.

This summer the county and community-based organizations are working collaboratively to promote safe, responsible use of the county parks and Clackamas River, particularly during periods of heavy use.

The video can be viewed by visiting The video will be shown during the Thursday, May 8 County Commissioners meeting which starts at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held in the Clackamas County Public Services Building, 2051 Kaen Road, Oregon City, 97045 in room 409.

Even though the temperatures are unusually warm, river enthusiasts should remember that the river's temperature is still very cold. Boaters and others engaging in recreational activity on the river are reminded to wear a personal floatation device (PFD).

For more information, contact Tim Heider at or 503-742-5911.

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