Round 3 for the Smith Rock Master Plan

september 21, 2018 update: (article is also updated below)

Both open houses will start at 5:30 PM. Everyone is encouraged to attend between 5:30 and 7:30 PM, but the OPRD team will be on hand until 8:00 PM. The Portland meeting will take place in the “Copeland Commons” room at Tabor Space.

September 14, 2018

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.

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To refresh your memory, the last time the plan was updated was in 1991. With visitor growth up 150% since then, the new Master Plan intends to guide recreational use and resource management for the next 20 years. It's a big deal.

Starting in January of 2017, both local residents and park stakeholders talked about what they value about Smith Rock. The park planners took this feedback, plus survey data and park assessments and came up with three alternatives they shared in public sessions. Now we get to hear what they heard and incorporated the Concept Plan.


With a total of four public meetings, Meeting 1’s focus was to explain how the planning process will ultimately guide the vision and management of the park. It also provided an opportunity for local residents and park stakeholders talk about what the value about Smith Rock.

Meeting 2 happened in October 2017, where the assessments of park resources were presented and the community and the park staff identified goals and strategies together. Planning concepts and alternatives were presented for public comment. 

Now, Meeting 3 will share the recommended concept plan and proposed park management strategies for public review in an Open House format. Information from the previous public meetings and assessments will be available for those new to the process.

This meeting was added because OPRD felt it was important to hear from the public again before confirming the concept plan and management changes and prior to sharing the draft master plan. For those who can not attend in person, materials will be available online and public comment is also welcome via the website or directly with the Project Manager/OPRD Planner. There will be no presentation. This will be an open house style event, so everyone should feel welcome to come late and leave early if they need to. All of the information will be available the entire time.

Meeting 4 is planned for Spring 2019 and will mark the release of the Draft Master Plan. OPRD is required to host two public meetings (one near the park and one in a larger city that will reflect the statewide draw of State Parks) in association with the release of the Draft Master Plan. The Master Plan Adoption will begin in July 2019, with local approvals wrapping up in the early spring of 2020.

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The target audience for the public meetings in Deschutes County and Portland is anyone interested in providing input. If you plan to attend and require special assistance, please contact OPRD.

The times for the meeting are subject to change. We will keep you posted here and on our Facebook page.


Smith Rock Public Open House
Monday, October 22, 2018
5:30 PM-8:00 PM

Taborspace Copeland Commons
5441 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97215

Smith Rock Public Open House

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
5:30 PM-8:00 PM

Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center; South Sister Main Hall
3800 SE Airport Way, Redmond, 97756


All of the information will also be available to everyone on the OPRD website with a place to provide comments online for at least 30 days following the open houses.

Need more background? Get a  description of the planning process at Those unable to attend one of the meetings may submit comments there or by email to Senior Parks and Trails Planner, Robin Wilcox at;  by phone at 503-986-0743; or by mail sent to Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, 725 Summer St. NE., Suite C, Salem, OR 97301