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Outdoor summer movies return to Oregon State Parks including one on July 13 - 07/11/24

SALEM, Oregon— Pack a picnic and bring your friends to a summer season of vintage blockbusters and other favorite films under the stars at some of Oregon’s most beautiful locations.

Summer Movies at Oregon State Parks returns this year with a lineup of family friendly films at parks around the Willamette Valley including Milo McIver State Park Saturday, July 13, with a showing of “ParaNorman.”

Everyone is welcome to enjoy the movies on large, outdoor screens starting at dusk. The movies are free to the public, no ticket required, and day-use parking is free after 7 p.m. The movies are presented by Oregon State Parks, Hollywood Theatre and Oregon Film. 

Upcoming showings include: 

  • July 13: “ParaNorman” at Milo McIver State Park
  • July 20: “The Witches” at L.L. Stub Stewart State Park
  • Aug. 3: “The Dark Crystal” at Champoeg State Heritage Area

Please follow all posted park signs and rules while visiting and remember to pack out everything you packed in to keep the parks clean and ready to use for the next visitors.

Attached Media Files: Poster for Movies in the Park
Local Government Grant Advisory Committee to review grant applications July 22-25 - 07/11/24

SALEM, Oregon— The Local Government Grant Program Advisory Committee will hold public meetings to review grant applications from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 22-25 via Zoom. 

Applicants to the Local Government Grant Program (LGGP) will present their proposed projects for acquiring, planning, developing and rehabilitating outdoor recreation facilities. The committee will evaluate and score all applications and create a priority ranking list of projects to be funded. The list will be forwarded to the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission for final review and approval. 

A schedule listing applicants and their specific presentation times is posted on the Local Government Grant Program web page at https://www.oregon.gov/oprd/GRA/pages/GRA-lggp.aspx#2 . A link to register for the Zoom meeting is also posted at the site: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_SdcrlnlBSSmLGtLPLvuTlw

The LGGP Advisory Committee consists of eleven members who represent cities, counties, park and recreation districts, port districts, people with disabilities and the general public. They also represent various geographic areas of the state. 

The LGGP was established in 1999 to direct a portion of state lottery revenue to award grants to eligible applicants for outdoor park and recreation projects. The program is administered by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). 

For more information about the LGGP, visit oprdgrants.org

Oregon Heritage Commission to meet July 21-22 in Coos Bay and online - 07/10/24

SALEM, Oregon – The Oregon Heritage Commission will meet July21-22 in Coos Bay and online. The agenda includes a report from the University of Oregon Institute for Policy Research and Engagement project team on the 2024 Oregon Heritage Vitality Study, a summary and discussion of a report on addressing harmful content in collections, an application for the Heritage Tradition designation, and recommendations for the Commission’s FY25 Oregon Cultural Trust Partner Funds Grant. 

This meeting is open to the public and there is an opportunity at the beginning of the meeting for public comment in person and online. For online attendance, registration is required. To view the full agenda and/or to register for the virtual meeting option visit here

Special accommodations for the meeting – including translation services – may be made by calling (503) 986‐0690 or Mary.Newcomb@oprd.oregon.gov at least 72 hours prior to the start of the meeting.

There are three governor appointed positions currently vacant on the Oregon Heritage Commission. The Heritage Commission is especially seeking members with knowledge and experience related to community institutions, heritage tourism, or education/higher education and who have experience working with diverse cultural groups. The Commission seeks applications from those that live in the Southern, Willamette Valley, and Central Oregon area. 

The Heritage Commission’s nine members represent a diversity of cultural, geographic, and institutional interests. The Commission is the primary agency for coordination of heritage activities in the state. This includes carrying out the Oregon Heritage Plan, increasing efficiency and avoiding duplication among interest groups, developing plans for coordination among agencies and organizations, encouraging tourism related to heritage resources, and coordinating statewide anniversary celebrations.

The group meets four-six times per year in changing locations around the state and will offer virtual options to attend meetings. Commissioners are also asked to occasionally participate in meetings or events in their regions and work on other projects outside of meeting time. Appointed Commissioners are reimbursed for their travel and related expenses while conducting official commission business.

More information about the Oregon Heritage Commission is available online at www.oregonheritage.org and from Commission Coordinator Katie Henry at 503-877-8834 or katie.henry@oprd.oregon.gov. 

To request appointment, go to Governor Kotek’s Boards and Commissions webpage at https://www.oregon.gov/gov/Pages/board-list.aspx

Grants awarded to historic property and archaeology projects across the state - 07/09/24

Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, awarded 18 grants totaling $299,999 for historic properties and archaeology projects. Six of the grants were awarded in the Diamonds in the Rough category. This grant funds façade enhancements that restore the historic character of the property. The other 12 grants were in the Preserving Oregon category for properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places and for archaeology projects.

Funded projects:

  • Façade restoration grants in Baker City, Independence, Lebanon, The Dalles, Union, and Malheur County.
  • One archaeology project:
    • Southern Oregon University Lab for study of the Maxville site in Wallowa County. 
  • Preservation of 11 historic properties:
    • Elks Lodge building, Medford
    • Butler Perozzi Fountain, Ashland
    • Giesy Store, Aurora
    • Masonic Lodge building, Baker City
    • Antelope School building, Antelope
    • Eltrym Theater, baker City
    • Santiam Pass Ski Lodge, Linn County
    • Gordon House, Silverton
    • Rock Creek Cemetery, Clackamas County
    • Hanley Farm, Jackson County
    • Old Post Office building, Weston

These grants are approved by the State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation, a nine-member group that reviews nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. The members are professionally recognized in the fields of history, architecture, archaeology and other related disciplines.

For more information about the grant program, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.gill@oprd.oregon.gov or 503-986-0685. 

Historic cemeteries commission meets and provides a resource presentation July 18 and offers Hilgard Cemetery tour July 19 - 07/05/24

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries (OCHC) will meet in La Grande at the Cook Memorial Library, 2006 4th Street in La Grande, and via online meeting on July 18 at 1:00 p.m. The agenda includes discussion of historic cemetery records, a presentation on the 2023 historic cemeteries grant projects. At 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. will be a presentation about grant funding and resources available to support heritage work including preservation and sharing of historic cemeteries, properties, and downtowns and for museums, public history, and more. The meeting is open to the public and the agenda includes an opportunity for public comment. Meeting information is on the agenda or you can follow this link to register for online access information. 

OCHC commissioner, Sarah Silbernagel, will host a visit to the Hilgard Cemetery on July 19 at 9:00 a.m. Meet at the Cook Memorial Library parking lot to caravan to the cemetery, about a 15-minute drive. Hilgard Cemetery, established in 1885, is a private cemetery rural cemetery. It began as a family cemetery and then became the community cemetery for Hilgard. Hilgard was an early logging town established by Henry Villard in 1880 to house railroad construction crews and their families. Villard is also known for connections to Portland and the University of Oregon.

State law established the seven-member Commission to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and help obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. For more information about commission activities, contact coordinator Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail at kuri.gill@oprd.oregon.gov

Special accommodations for the meeting – including translation services – may be made by calling (503) 986‐0609 or Mary.Newcomb@oprd.oregon.gov at least 72 hours prior to the start of the meeting. For call-in details and the agenda or more information about the commission, visit www.oregonheritage.org.

Prefontaine Trail Stop
Prefontaine Trail Stop
Coos Bay receives Oregon Heritage All-Star Community designation (Photo) - 07/05/24

Coos Bay has been designated by the Oregon Heritage Commission as an “Oregon Heritage All-Star Community.” The commission created the All-Star program to recognize the strong efforts by communities to broadly preserve and develop heritage resources. 

An All-Star designation requires that communities meet at least 15 of 24 criteria related to local heritage. These include heritage tourism efforts, historic preservation programs, photo and document archives, museums, historic cemeteries, historic downtowns and more. 

“Coos Bay has a long and broad history,” said Katie Henry coordinator for the Oregon Heritage Commission. “The efforts of the city, tribes, museums, businesses, and community members in preserving and sharing local history contributes to the economy and livability of Coos Bay.”

A representative of the Oregon Heritage Commission will formally acknowledge the designation at the Coos Bay City Council work session on July 23, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. 

Mayor Benetti stated “This designation is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our community in preserving Coos Bay’s rich heritage, we are honored to receive this recognition and are committed to continuing our efforts in celebrating and safeguarding our history for future generations.”

The city is required to maintain at least 15 of the criteria to maintain the Heritage All-Star status. Technical assistance will be provided to Coos Bay to maintain, sustain and expand the heritage offerings and facilities. The city joins seven other All-Star communities including Albany, Astoria, Bend, Cottage Grove, Oregon City, Roseburg, and Salem. 

The Oregon Heritage Commission works to secure, sustain and enhance Oregon’s heritage. The Commission sponsors heritage initiatives that educate the public about the value of heritage and celebrate the state’s diversity.

The Oregon Heritage Commission consists of nine members appointed by the governor and nine agency advisors. Members are chosen from state agencies and statewide organizations, and represent a diverse geographical and heritage background. 

Assistance is available for communities seeking to acquire Heritage All-Star Community status. Oregon Heritage of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, which houses the Oregon Heritage Commission, offers technical support, workshops, grants and other resources for all heritage projects in the state. To learn more, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oprd.oregon.govc or 503-986-0685.

Tent at L.L. Stub Stewart State Park
Tent at L.L. Stub Stewart State Park
Seeking public comment on proposed adjustments to rate ranges in park rule (Photo) - 07/03/24

SALEM, Oregon—Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is seeking public comment on a proposal to adjust the ranges of rates that parks can charge for camping and other facilities in state parks starting in summer 2025.

Regular adjustments to rate ranges are necessary to respond to increases in utility costs, operations and maintenance needs, and inflation. Currently the rate range for tent campsites, for example, is $17 to $22 per night (plus any local lodging taxes). Rates vary by park and season. The proposal would increase the top end of the range to $29 per night before taxes. See the proposed rates.

Increasing the rate ranges does not mean that the current fees charged per night will increase automatically. Instead, the ranges provide flexibility to adjust fees within that range over time as needed. This avoids large increases all at once. 

Once rate ranges are adopted into rule, the state parks director has authority to adjust fees based on visitation patterns, increased costs and seasonal fluctuations up to four times per year (offering discounts during the fall/winter seasons for example). The first rate ranges were adopted into rule in 2018 and implemented by the department in 2019. 

In addition to rate-range adjustments, the proposed rules would:

  • Expand the 25% surcharge for out-of-state RV campers to include all site types for out-of-state campers.
  • Allow the director to determine which parks assess a day-use parking permit fee. Currently parks requiring a parking permit are listed in rule.

Public comments on the proposed rule change will be accepted through 5 p.m. August 30, 2024 and can be submitted:

Three public hearings will be held for the public to provide comments.

  • Virtual Hearing: Wednesday, July 31, 2024, 5:30 PM. Register to attend the hearing at: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_aT-S-tRHScONYnp8SxErmQ
  • In Person Hearings: Tuesday, August 6, 2024, 5:30 p.m., Nehalem Bay State Park Meeting Hall, 34600 Garey St, Nehalem, OR 97131
  • Tuesday, August 13, 2024, 5:30 p.m. North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer Street NE, Salem, OR 97301. Must arrive by 6 p.m. to testify.

The department is also seeking feedback via a short survey about opinions on camping facilities and programs that can be taken during the public comment period: https://form.jotform.com/241823872287162

Once the public comment period ends, the proposal with any incorporated updates is slated to go to Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission in September or November for possible adoption. Any changes in rate ranges would not be effective until the agency budget is approved by the Oregon legislature and signed by the Governor in 2025.

Applications now open for Oregon Heritage MentorCorps - 07/01/24

SALEM, Oregon –  Heritage organizations statewide are now eligible to apply for free technical assistance from the Oregon Heritage MentorCorps. Organizations applying to this program will work on their proposed projects alongside volunteer professionals with backgrounds in museums and collections management, curatorship, archives, preservation, heritage interpretation, volunteer coordination, non-profit management, disaster preparedness, and more. 

The role of MentorCorps is to assist with projects that challenge the expertise of staff and volunteers at applicant organizations during one-on-one sessions over a period of nine months. Common requests for assistance include guidance in work planning, grant reviews, collections assessments, policy development or simply prioritization of work when applicants can’t identify the most pressing need. Fielding a cadre of mentors that are geographically and technically diverse, there are very few projects that MentorCorps cannot assist with in some way.

“MentorCorps’ goal is to support organizations in achieving as close to best practices as possible,” says Cam Amabile, Technical Resources Coordinator for Oregon Heritage. “Mentors are technical guides to resources, helping create a pathway to fully implemented plans or actions. We most often assist small, volunteer-run organizations with limited capacities in meeting their mission without being as overwhelmed. Mentors also get the added benefit of honing their skills, creating a network of support, and doing professional development.” 

MentorCorps began as a pilot program funded the Institute of Museum and Library Services nearly a decade ago. Ten years on, it is a fully actualized technical assistance program of the Oregon Heritage Commission that supports the “Pursue Best Practices” goal of the 2020-2025 Oregon Heritage Plan. This service is offered free to any heritage organization operating within the state of Oregon, but primarily serves museums, libraries, archives, and cultural institutions. Applications open July 1, 2024 and close on August 15, 2024 for the 2024-2025 assistance year. Organizations can reach out to Oregon Heritage Technical Resources Coordinator, Cam Amabile with questions about projects or applications at 971-720-8998 or cam.amabile@oprd.oregon.gov

Partial closure at Pilot Butte State Park July 1-5 for fireworks preparation, show - 06/28/24

BEND, Oregon— Pilot Butte State Park will experience partial closures July 1-5 in preparation for the Fourth of July fireworks display, which is held 10 p.m. Thursday, July 4.  

Please observe the following closures and restrictions: 

  • Vehicle traffic: The access road to the summit will be closed to all vehicle traffic July 1-4 and will reopen the afternoon of July 5. 
  • Pedestrians: Trails and roadways will be accessible to pedestrians only July 1-3 and closed entirely for all July 4. Trails will reopen the afternoon of July 5. The summit will be closed to all but authorized personnel July 1 to July 5 (afternoon).
  • All: Access to all trails and roadways will be closed on July 4 through the afternoon of July 5. No access will be permitted. Security and law enforcement will be on site to enforce restrictions. This is for the safety of the set-up crews and visitors.

The park will reopen to all when the clean-up process has been completed July 5.  Please respect the closed areas and do not attempt entry for your safety and the safety of those working to set up the fireworks. Visitors will not be allowed into the closed areas at any time.

The main parking area at the base of Pilot Butte, off Linnea Drive, will be open during the fireworks show. Please do not block any emergency access roads or public/private streets as this can delay a response to an emergency.

Oregon State Parks and Bend Fire & Rescue would like to remind everyone that pets are not permitted in the park during the fireworks show.