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Accessibility and Inclusion

Accessibility

We strive to welcome park visitors of all abilities and are working diligently to remove barriers to accessing our facilities, programs and services. Our ultimate goal is to improve outdoor recreational opportunities for everyone. 

2021 ADA Transition Plan

The 2021 ADA Transition Plan identifies those barriers to parks and park programs for people with disabilities, and provides a roadmap for removing them. Identified barriers range from inaccessible picnic areas and restroom facilities to parking lots with limited accessible parking. To develop this plan, we surveyed 273 unique facilities and identified 4,872 individual barriers, then grouped them into categories defined by the level of complexity and cost.The plan calls for remediation efforts to begin in July 2021.

We are also adding accessibility information and photos to our park web pages so visitors can plan trips that meet their accessibility needs. Example (opens in a new window).

We have trained 75 OPRD park rangers and managers as ADA Site Evaluators and are developing accessibility training to deliver to all OPRD staff in the near future.

How to request information in an alternate format

An individual may request any of our public documents in an alternate format by sending an email  or by calling 1-800-551-6949. Alternate formats are available in large print, braille, audio tape, computer diskette, and oral presentation. 

Inclusion

We believe everyone who visits Oregon's state parks should feel welcome and all people should have the opportunity to connect with outdoor experiences and special places—now and 100 years from now. This is our commitment to being an inclusive agency.

Employees working in a cross-section of job positions and statewide locations champion this mission through the OPRD Inclusion Committee.

The Inclusion Committee empowers all employees to follow an Engage, Relate, Adapt model of interacting with each other and visitors. The approach ensures we are connecting and engaging each other in meaningful conversations. We encourage all visitors to ask employees about the model and try the approach. 

Park Explorer Series

The 2021 Park Explorer Series is a pilot project that introduces communities who are underrepresented in outdoor recreation to a camping experience. The program focuses on removing barriers to camping and creating a meaningful and positive experience for campers, which will eventually lead to many more park visits.

This year, a competitive application process is open to organizations who demonstrate experience and commitment to serving communities who are underrepresented in the outdoors. Visit Park Explorer Series for more information.

The Park Explorer Series is sponsored by the Oregon Office of Outdoor Recreation and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. 

Contacts

Accessibility

Helena Kesch 
Americans with Disabilities Act, and accessibility comments and questions
503-881-4637

Inclusion

Paul Reilly
Inclusion Committee Chair
541-272-7394

Resources

2021 ADA Transition Plan

2021-23 OPRD Affirmative Action Plan

Oregon Accessibility Travel Guide features Beaver Creek at Brian Booth State Park

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