Oregon’s new Cottonwood Canyon State Park in central Oregon will open in 2013. The first public discussions about the park’s future will take place April 26 in Moro, April 27 in Condon and April 29 in Portland.
The meetings will launch Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) planning on how to manage the park, which straddles Gilliam and Sherman counties along the John Day River in north-central Oregon. OPRD acquired 2,443 acres for the park using $2.3 million in Lottery funds in September 2009. The property is near Highway 206 between Condon and Moro.
The introductory meetings will be held at:
- The Sherman County Fairgrounds (4-H Pavilion) in Moro on April 26;
- Memorial Hall, next to Condon’s city hall, 128 S. Main St., on April 27;
- Tryon Creek State Park (nature center), 11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd., in Portland on April 29.
Public comments will be accepted at the meetings, each of which will run from 6-8 p.m. Written comments can be sent to OPRD planning coordinator Mark Davison at 725 Summer Street N.E., Suite C, Salem, Oregon 97301; or by e-mail to Mark.Davison@state.or.us.
An advisory committee composed of area mayors and representatives of Gilliam County, Sherman County, regional public agencies, area tribes, and friends and neighbors of Cottonwood Canyon State Park will meet in Moro from 2-4 p.m. before the April 26 meeting. The public also is invited to this advisory session, but OPRD will consider comments only from committee members.
At the public meetings, OPRD staff will introduce the property’s natural, cultural, historic and scenic values; discuss ways to protect its wild setting and natural resources, and open a dialogue on its potential for recreation, interpretive and educational uses. More meetings will be scheduled through spring 2011 leading to the development of a draft master plan for managing the park. A final draft of the plan will then be submitted to the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission.
The meeting sites are accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations may be arranged up to 72 hours in advance by calling 503-986-0655.