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Oregon Parks and Recreation Department accepting comments on proposal to remove Silver Falls ranches from rate and reservation system

July 2, 2018

SALEM, Ore. -- Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is proposing a rule change for the ranches at Silver Falls State Park. The proposed amendment would remove references to reservation and rate requirements for the ranches currently set in administrative rule, giving the agency more flexibility to partner on operations of the public facility with an on-site concession.

The ranches are a combined daytime and overnight group facility inside the park. It was rented by 176 groups in 2017. OPRD is interested in cooperating with the Silver Falls Lodge and Conference Center, a concession already operating in the park, to manage the day-to-day functions of the ranches. Park day visits have increased by 35% since 2013 to more than 1.3 million visitors, and partnering with the concession will make more staff time available for managing other areas of the park.

The proposed rule change would also eliminate personal checks, traveler’s checks and money orders as an acceptable form of payment for reservations taken over the phone.  Checks would still be allowed for purchases within a State Park.

Comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. July 31, 2018. Comments can be submitted online at oregon.gov/OPRD/RULES/pages/index.aspx; in writing to OPRD, attn. Katie Gauthier, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem; via email to OPRD.publiccomment@oregon.gov; or by attending a public hearing 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 26 at the Silverton Community Center, 421 S. Water Street, Silverton.

The full text of the amendments to Oregon Administrative Rule 736-015-0015 and 736-015-0040 is available online at oregon.gov/OPRD/RULES/pages/index.aspx.

OPRD will review all submitted comments and present a final recommended rule to the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission. The commission will review the rule at its September 2018 meeting.

Those needing special accommodations to attend a public hearing must contact Katie Gauthier, OPRD legislative and policy coordinator, at 503-947-8625 or Katie.Gauthier@oregon.gov at least three days before the desired hearing.