Category Archives: Parks & Recreation Dept.

New Oregon Coast Warnings: Stay off Beaches for Entire Weekend

Thursday’s storm surges and tidal damage were likely historic, and it’s not quite over with yet. More surf warnings have been issued. Source: New Oregon Coast Warnings: Stay off Beaches for Entire Weekend

Parks announce local government grants

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (ORPD) has opened the grant cycle for the 2018 Local Government Grant Program (LGGP). More than $5.4 million in reimbursement grants are available to help local government agencies fund outdoor park recreation areas and facilities, and for land acquisition. Eligible agencies include cities, counties, park and recreation districts, metropolitan […]
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Feds OK SW Bend COID canal-piping project

3,000-foot project due for completion by April. In an effort provide for more reliable flows on the Deschutes River, the federal Bureau of Reclamation said Friday it has entered into an agreement on a southwest Bend canal-piping project with the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office, the Central Oregon Irrigation District and other entities. Source: Feds OK […]
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Grave matters

A long-abandoned pioneer cemetery that found an unexpected owner in Greater Albany Public Schools may soon have a new caretaker. Albany is one of a handful of school districts statewide to own a pioneer-era cemetery. Source: Grave matters | Local |

State Parks rake in the GREEN

State Parks generate $52 million for businesses, economy in East Multnomah County. Out-of-towners and locals emptied about $52.6 million from their pockets while visiting state parks in East Multnomah County over one year, according to a new study. Source: State Parks rake in the GREEN

Heritage Executive from Rogue Valley Appointed to Oregon Cultural Trust Board

A heritage executive from Ashland and an art gallery director from Portland were recently appointed to the Oregon Cultural Trust Board of Directors by Governor Kate Brown. The appointments of George Kramer of Ashland and Theo Downes-Le Guin of Portland were confirmed by the Oregon Senate in November. They fill positions vacated by John Tess […]
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It’s Whale-Watching Week On The Oregon Coast

State Parks and Recreation officials say this week is an excellent time to see whales on the Oregon coast. Ranger Luke Parsons from the Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay says an estimated 20,000 gray whale are traveling south from Alaska to warm lagoons off the coast of Baja, Mexico. Source: It’s Whale-Watching Week On […]
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Hike for free on New Year’s Day

For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with America’s State Parks to offer free guided “First Day Hikes” in state parks across Oregon on New Year’s Day. Information about special hikes hosted at Oswald West State Park and Sunset Beach State Recreation Site is below. Source: Hike […]
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Whale watching zenith this weekend at the Oregon Coast

An estimated 20,000 whales, some of them pregnant, are headed south to calving waters off Mexico Gray whales are headed south to their calving waters off Mexico, and the New Year’s weekend is the end of the prime time for seeing them pass the Oregon Coast. The state Parks and Recreation Department is assisting visitors […]
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13 whales you can see in the Pacific Northwest

There were half a dozen of us standing there, gathered on driftwood on the Washington coast, eyes shielded against the sun and staring out at the mass of creatures in the shallows. The pod of whales spouted and dove, their small dorsal fins breaking the water as they fed just offshore. Source: 13 whales you […]
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