|2022: One Hundred Years of Special Places |
People, parks and places. This plan is about the permanent relationship between Oregon’s special places, the people who visit them, the people who value them.
Each of our parks is an individual place where people play, picnic, camp, rest, hike, renew―and everything in between. They are an everyday reminder of the things that make Oregon great, and their very existence is a testament to what we collectively value.
This value system, so well embodied in our parks, is actually set in statute: the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) mandate states the well-being of Oregonians is in large part dependent upon proper utilization of the state’s outdoor recreation resources for the physical, spiritual, cultural and scientific benefits of the recreation resources they afford.
Simply put, it is our job to connect people to meaningful outdoor experiences. It is also our job to protect Oregon’s special places, both natural and historic. This inherent tension between recreation and preservation, between today and tomorrow, has always defined the mission of Oregon State Parks.