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Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet November 14-15 in Cascade Locks

Oct. 31, 2017

Salem, OR - The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its fifth and final meeting of the year November 14-15, participating in a field tour and training on the first day, and conducting executive and business meetings the second day.

On November 14, Commissioners will gather at 8:30 a.m. in Cascade Locks to begin a tour of parks and historic sites in the western end of the Columbia River Gorge, followed by a 1 p.m. training workshop at the Cascade Locks Pavilion in the city’s Marine Park, 395 SW Portage Rd, Cascade Locks OR 97014.

On November 15, Commissioners will convene an executive session at 8:15 a.m. at the Best Western Columbia River Inn Conference Room, 735 Wa Na Pa St, Cascade Locks OR 97014, to discuss real estate and legal issues. Executive sessions are closed to the public. A public business meeting will begin at approximately 9:30 a.m. at the same location. The agenda includes several information and action items from agency staff, including requests to:

  • Accept a bid of $255,750 to sell an unused 38 acre property on Highway 99W near Monroe. The property, formerly used as a state wayside until water system problems resulted in its closure in 2008, drew three sealed bids during a public auction. The high bid was submitted by Shiloh Forestry, Inc. from Eugene, Oregon. If approved by the commission, revenue from the sale will be placed in an account used to improve the overall state park system.
  • Award a contract to build the Cottonwood Canyon Experience Center at Cottonwood Canyon State Park on the John Day River between Condon and Wasco. The center will be used for formal and informal outdoor education at the 8,000+ acre park. Bids on the project have not yet closed, but will before the meeting; the project has a $1.2 million dollar budget, and the nonprofit Oregon State Parks Foundation ( http://oregonstateparksfoundation.org/) raised $400,000 toward the effort, which should complete construction by May 2018. Local and regional students use the park to learn about natural and cultural resources, a service that includes the Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute () raised $400,000 toward the effort, which should complete construction by May 2018. Local and regional students use the park to learn about natural and cultural resources, a service that includes the Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute (http://go-stem.org/ccsi/).


Other matters are listed on a draft agenda online at http://bit.ly/november2017agenda . The full meeting packet is also available at that address. People who plan to present testimony are requested to provide 15 copies of their statement to Commission Assistant Denise Warburton at Denise.Warburton@oregon.gov for distribution to the Commissioners before the meeting. Those needing special accommodations to attend should also contact Warburton by email, or by calling 503-986-0719, at least three days in advance.


The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission(www.oregon.gov/oprd/Pages/commission.aspx) promotes outdoor recreation and heritage by establishing policies, adopting rules, and setting the budget for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The seven members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. They serve four-year terms and meet several times a year at locations across the state.