Corvallis Parks and Recreation is hosting a three-day camping event
at Willamette Park’s Crystal Lake Sports Fields to coincide with the Aug. 21 solar eclipse. Starting on Aug. 19, campers can enjoy live entertainment, kids activities and a beer garden provided by Block 15 Brewery and 2 Towns Ciderhouse during the lead-up to the solar eclipse.
The once-in-a-lifetime eclipse is set to begin shortly after 9 a.m. Aug. 21, when the moon will start to move across the face of the sun, culminating in a brief period of totality at about 10:16 a.m.
A total of 550 campsites for both tents and recreational vehicles (RVs) are available to reserve from Corvallis Parks and Recreation. Each camper will receive a pair of special eclipse viewing glasses as part of their registration fee. This event is expected to be very popular, and organizers suggest booking your site early.
Parks and Recreation staff will be on hand throughout the weekend to manage the event. As is typical for Oregon during the summer, charcoal barbecue grills and open fires will be prohibited, but campers can use gas grills and lanterns.
Campers are encouraged to review the full list of frequently asked questions on the Solar Eclipse Corvallis website
The Aug. 21, 2017 solar eclipse will sweep across the middle of the U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina. Oregon is the first state to experience the eclipse, and the favorable climate in the Willamette Valley (typically hot, dry and cloud-free in August) makes Corvallis an excellent viewing location for eclipse enthusiasts.
Proceeds from this event will go toward Parks maintenance projects. For more information on this event, go to www.solareclipsecorvallis.com