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Mission Statement
The mission of the Parks and Recreation Department is to provide and protect outstanding natural, scenic, cultural, historic and recreational sites for the enjoyment and education of present and future generations. 

Programs and Services

All-terrain Vehicles

Vehicle Permits
ATV Grants
Safety Classes

Bikeways (scenic places to ride)

Employment

Grants

County Opportunity
Land and Water Conservation
Local Government
Recreational Trails
Veterans' and War Memorial 

Heritage Programs

Archaeological Services
Heritage Commission
Historic Cemeteries
Historic Trails
Main Street
State Historic Preservation Office
Financial Assistance
Historic Places
Community Action
Research & Guidance
Technical Assistance

Integrated Park Services

Planning Services
  Coastal
 
Cultural Landscape
 
Park Comprehensive
  SCORP & Recreational
  Trails
  Water Trails
Visitor Experience Services
  Interpretive Plans & Programs
  Volunteer Services
Design Services
  Graphic
  Landscape
  Signs
  Trails

Natural Resources Stewardship

Forest Health
Fish & Wildlife
Plants & Weeds
Rocky Shores

Oregon Coast Trail Maps

Oregon State Parks

Find a Park
Publications 
Reservations

Rules & Regulations

Rulemaking notices
Ocean Shores permits
Scenic Waterways permits
How to become a day-use parking pass agent
How to become an ATV permit agent

Water Trails (places to paddle) 

Oregon State Fair (annual event) & Exposition Center (a venue for your event)

Volunteering  ​

Organization

Annual Performance Measures

Oregon Administrative Rules for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Chapter 736
 
The department operates Oregon's state parks through a headquarters staff in Salem and field regions. It is also responsible for Oregon's Recreation Trails, the Ocean Shores Recreation Area, Scenic Waterways and the Willamette River Greenway. The department was created as a branch of the Highway Department in 1921. The 1989 Legislature created a separate Parks and Recreation Department, effective in 1990. Oregon's state parks are among the most popular in the U.S: their combined day-use and camping attendance of 39.6 million visitors (2001) consistently ranks the system among the ten most visited in the nation.
 
OPRD's Heritage Programs Division, which includes the State Historic Preservation Office, Heritage Commission and the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries, operates a number of cultural and historic preservation
programs.
 
Department activities are funded primarily by state park user fees, Oregon Lottery dollars, and recreation vehicle license fees.