People with disabilities have a right to seek out camping, picnicking, and other recreational opportunities within Oregon State Parks with the same expectation to participate as those without disabilities. Under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), it is the responsibility of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) to ensure that all services, programs, and activities are readily accessible and usable by individuals with disabilities.
OPRD has drafted an ADA Transition Plan to guide the agency in removing identified barriers to access over the next 25 years. As part of this process, the ADA coordinator and park rangers trained in site evaluation surveyed 277 unique facilities and identified 5,078 individual barriers, ranging from inaccessible picnic areas and restroom facilities to parking lots with limited accessible parking. Identified barriers were grouped into categories defined by level of complexity to help OPRD prioritize remediation. The draft Transition Plan documents this process and presents a timeline for completing improvements to remove barriers.
How you can help
Our next step is to hear from you. Knowledge and suggestions from the public and people with lived experience will make this plan more relevant and effective. We encourage you to review the draft plan and provide comments.
The draft plan can also be requested via mail, email or phone:
OPRD ADA Coordinator
725 Summer St NE, Ste. C, Salem, OR 97301
You can provide comments in one of four different ways:
- Attend the online public meeting
Information on how to provide comments in these different ways is described below.
ADA Transition Plan Zoom webinar
When: Jan 25, 2021 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this webinar:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Submit your Comments
We are accepting comments beginning Jan. 11 at 8 a.m. and ending Feb. 15 at 5 p.m.
Comments may also be submitted in writing or online via the form below. Written comments can be sent to:
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department,
Attn: Helena Kesch
725 Summer St. NE, Suite C,
Salem, OR 97301