'Sleepy' town hopes things wake-up for summer months

Neighbors in Oakridge say it is a relatively sleepy town, but it wakes up in the summer months.

Posted: May 23, 2020 6:19 PM

OAKRIDGE, Ore. -- Neighbors in Oakridge say it is a relatively sleepy town, but it wakes up in the summer months. It's important for them, because that's when they get their business.

"Everything's been tough here lately," said Denise Cater, manager of The Hitching Post, a motel off highway 58.

She says it's not just because of the health impacts of coronavirus, but since the Willamette National Forest parks weren't open - people weren't coming through the small town.

"But, whenever the holidays come (tourists) go camping. They go biking. It's a good place to live."

Cater says she's not renting out any rooms right now because there's no business.

All through uptown - businesses are closed--some saying they could not meet the requirements to open in phase one.

Mayor Kathy Holston predicts the town will bounce back.

"What I'm looking forward to most is being able to gather with my community members the way I did before," she said. "Whether it's at the pub or at the distillery or at the park, and enjoy each other's company and listen to music."

Holston said she welcomes tourists but encourages people to be respectful of the town and leave any sickness at home.

"We want your money not your germs," she said.

Neighbors say they're looking forward to these summer months and hope business comes with them.

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