CLACKAMAS COUNTY, Ore. – Parks along the Clackamas River are popular spots for swimmers and boaters but problems with litter and alcohol use have county officials considering new procedures.
Clackamas County officials are considering a new ordinance that would allow coolers to be searched for alcohol at county parks.
The new ordinance would mean that anyone that enters a Clackamas County park would be required to submit to a search. Right now, park officials can’t search visitors who don’t give consent.
Officials are also considering enacting a float permit system. They say the regulations would help address problems of fights, littering and alcohol-related drownings.
“I used to work in water rescue so these problems are very familiar to me,” said Robert Wurpes, spokesman for the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. “We’ve had so many drowning on the Clackamas. It’s important to us to make it a safe place.”
Both proposed ordinances are several steps from being enacted. County officials are slated to work on them during sessions next week.
KGW Reporter Mark Hanrahan contributed to this report.