Category Archives: Parks & Recreation Dept. (OPRD)

Road Trippin’ the Oregon Coast: Lighthouses open for tours

As things start to re-open, you may be looking to take a little trip.Lighthouses on the coast are a special attraction, with each one offering a different and unique experience. Source: Road Trippin’ the Oregon Coast: Lighthouses open for tours | KVAL

Parking banned along country roads surrounding Smith Rock State Park

Neighbors to the park have complained about parking for years. Parking on streets surrounding Smith Rock State Park is now prohibited. On Monday, the Deschutes County Commission voted unanimously to ban parking along Wilcox Avenue, which is a major road near the park, as well as other surrounding streets after hearing years of complaints from […]
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Seeking COVID-19 escape, people crowding Oregon outdoors

In the quest to escape amid the coronavirus pandemic, people are flooding Oregon’s beaches, forests and mountains in unprecedented numbers, state and federal officials said. That’s brought a spike in accidents, garbage, damage and bear activity in recreation areas, The Statesman Journal reported on Monday. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department spokesman Chris Havel said they’re […]
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A fresh look at Salem’s history provided by Jason Lee artifacts

Hundreds of hours of careful digging at Salem site yield artifacts from Jason Lee’s time in town. Experts say the finds will yield a deeper understanding of life before Oregon became a state. Source: A fresh look at Salem’s history provided by Jason Lee artifacts | Salem Reporter | News about Salem – In-depth, Accurate, […]
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Seeking escape, Oregonians crowd outdoors, bring accidents, trash

There are no Little League games to attend, overnight summer camps to stash the kids or music festivals to let loose and scream “play Free Bird” with beer-soaked brethren. Family road trips have been largely put on hold. A vacation to Florida or British Columbia is off the table. Even watching a Blazers game in […]
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Deschutes County Commission moves toward banning parking on some streets near Smith Rock State Park

State park will add more temporary parking spots while looking for long term solution. The Deschutes County Commission appears to be heading toward prohibiting parking on some of the streets around Smith Rock State Park after years of hearing complaints from neighbors. Source: Deschutes County Commission moves toward banning parking on some streets near Smith […]
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Editorial: Much ado about the walls along the river at Drake Park

The Great Wall of China. Hadrian’s Wall. The Berlin Wall. And the small stone walls that protect Drake Park from erosion by the Deschutes River. All are historic. Do they all deserve preservation? Three out of four do for sure. Source: Editorial: Much ado about the walls along the river at Drake Park | Opinion […]
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COVID-19 Oregon: Bend asks visitors to stay away amid rising cases

Oregon’s most famous outdoor recreation city is asking visitors to stay away, at least for the moment. The Bend City Council voted 4-3 on Wednesday to reissue a COVID-19 travel advisory asking tourists not to visit the city of 80,000 through Labor Day, and hotels and vacation rentals not to book new reservations. Source: COVID-19 […]
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A Rugged Time Travel Through Layered Wonders at Fort Stevens, N. Oregon Coast

It’s hard to find one single area so steeped in Oregon coast history. Lewis & Clark stayed here for a winter over two hundred years ago. There’s a crusty old shipwreck on this beach, and there’s an entire concrete fort that’s been around since the Civil War making striking impressions for generations. Source: A Rugged […]
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Lottery sales decline ends Main Street funding

Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant funding was part of a 2019 legislature approved lottery bond package scheduled for spring 2021. The sale of the bond package has been canceled due lottery shortfalls from the impacts of COVID-19. Without the $5,000,000 expected from the sale or additional action by the legislature, a new round of grants […]
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