The Smith Rock Master Plan is ready for public input once again. The third in a 4-part series of public meetings, Oregon Parks and Rec will provide a revised plan based on the three alternatives that the public, project stakeholders, and OPRD’s Core Team weighed in on between October 2017 and June 2018. There are now confirmed locations for the public open houses in both Redmond and Portland.
There was a Deschutes County commissioners workshop meeting yesterday, where Park Manager Scott Brown and Deschutes County Road Department Director Chris Doty proposed to eliminate parking that spills over onto both Wilcox Avenue and 17th Street in Terrebonne just outside Smith Rock State Park.
While we have been dodging the heat and smoke of these past couple weeks, those hard working Smith Rock rangers have snuck in some park improvements.
Hunter Noack is very attached—to his 9-foot Steinway grand piano that is. He hauls it on his performing platform to the middle of forests, fields, calderas and historical sites for classical music concerts. And now visitors to Smith Rock State Park get to experience "In a Landscape," (IAL) an outdoor concert series at the confluence of music, nature, and technology.
SmithRock.com is happy to report for all you anxious climbers that the First Kiss climbing area is open again as of tomorrow, Friday, July 13. As far as park management knows, the chicks fledged successfully, bringing all climbing closures to an end for the season.