Three Alternative Smith Rock Master Plans Ready to Share


October 13, 2017

Originally scheduled for summer, the second in a 3-part series of public meetings on the Smith Rock Master Plan will reveal three alternatives based on park assessments and public input for the new plan. 

OPRD Park planner describes the planning process at the first public meeting

OPRD Park planner describes the planning process at the first public meeting

The last time the plan was updated was in 1991. A lot of people have discovered Smith Rock since then, and with growth up 150% since then, this updated plan intends to guide recreational use and resource management for the next 20 years. It's a big deal.

Back in January of this year, 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 to come up with three alternatives they plan to share in these public sessions.
The plans are intended to reflect site preservation priorities, capacity constraints, parking, trail and facility improvements and improvements to other park amenities

The meeting is open to the public in either of these locations:

Bend Meeting
October 24, 2017
5:30-7:30 PM
Bend Park and Recreation Dist.; Riverbend Community Room
799 SW Columbia St., Bend 97701

Redmond Meeting
October 25, 2017
5:30-7:30 PM
Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center; South Sister Main Hall
3800 SE Airport Way, Redmond, 97756

Need more background? Get a  description of the planning process at smithrockparkplan.com. Those unable to attend one of the meetings may submit commentsthere or by email to OPRD Planner Julia Cogger at julia.cogger@oregon.gov; by phone at 503-986-0663; or by mail sent to Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, 725 Summer St. NE., Suite C, Salem, OR 97301.

banner aerial image courtesy of Maeve P.