January marks the kick-off for Smith Rock State Park Master Plan Public Comment period. It’s been a long time–1991 was the last year you had a chance for input, and a lot has changed since then.
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) has 2 dates and 2 locations for Meeting 1 of the first round of public meetings to determine the future of the park.
Meeting 1 will go into detail on how the planning process will guide the vision and management of the park. It’s also a listening session for OPRD to hear what local residents and park stakeholders value.
Local and Portland-area meetings are scheduled.
For Central Oregon:
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center – East Lake Room, Middle Sister Conference Hall
3800 SE Airport Way, Redmond, OR 97756
- 1-4 PM Advisory Committee*
- 6-8 PM Public Meeting
*The public may attend the Advisory Committee meeting, however, only comments from the committee will be taken at this meeting.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
REI Portland–Community Room
1405 NW Johnson Portland, OR 97209
6-8 PM Public Meeting
Parking is available in the REI Parking Garage, entrance on NW Johnson
Some of the data used for the Master Plan will come from the trail monitors installed earlier in the year.
Additional data will come from the survey conducted over the summer for both the park and the campground areas that we summed up in this quiz entitled “How Well Do You Know the Smith Rock State Park Visitor?”
It could be decades again before the public will be able to comment on a plan for the park. So save the date and seize the opportunity to weigh in on the future of Smith Rock by coming to Meeting 1 of the first round of the Master Plan.