Portland Trail Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers will close their practice facility in observance of Juneteenth on Friday, NBCSNW has learned. 

Recently, players have been allowed to return to the PF with restrictions amid COVID-19 concerns. There have been limitations on capacity and approved activities.   

Juneteenth is an unofficial holiday which occurs every year on June 19th to commemorate the abolition of slavery and the emancipation of slaves. It has also gained momentum to be recognized as an official holiday. 

More than 6,000 Multnomah County employees will celebrate Juneteenth as a holiday. Other companies, like NPR, have officially declared Juneteenth as an officially recognized holiday, as well.  

"I know that declaring a holiday is just one small step in acknowledging the unique and difficult experience of black employees," Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury said in a county-wide email to all employees on June 12. "But I hope this day can be used for respite and renewal."

Mayor Ted Wheeler formally announced the city will do the same thing on Tuesday, May 19.

The Trail Blazers practice facility will re-open on Monday as they prepare for a playoff run in Orlando, Florida starting on July 31st. 

---

Dwight Jaynes contributed to this article