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.
Back in October Deschutes County took away 97 overflow parking spots on the west side of Crooked River Drive.
You may have noticed that Smith Rock State Park is well-loved these days. In the past five years, day use visitation increased from 450,000 to about 700,000. While spring and fall have always been favorite times for climbers, summer has typically been high season.
The 97 removed parking spots along the west side of Crooked River Drive just south of the park entrance sign are making parking tough on these Indian summer days. If you head toward the RV lot you'll usually catch the short-termers that snag a quick photo and leave. Same at the far end of the road into the parking area at the Turnaround parking lot.