Public Meeting I Schedule

OPRD has scheduled the following dates and times for the first round of public meetings for Smith Rock Master Planning. We look forward to seeing you at one of these meetings!

You can find the most updated meeting information on the Public Meetings page


Meeting I. Public Comment and Park Values

January 2017

At our first meeting we will explain how the planning process will guide the vision and management of this park. More importantly, we will listen to local residents and park stakeholders to find out what they value about this incredible place.

Tuesday January 17, 2017

Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center – East Lake Room, Middle Sister Conference Hall

3800 SE Airport Way, Redmond, OR 97756

  • 1-4 PM Advisory Committee*
  • 6-8 PM Public Meeting

*The public may attend the Advisory Committee meeting however, only comments from the committee will be taken at this meeting.

Tuesday January 24, 2017

REI Portland – Community Room

1405 NW Johnson Portland, OR 97209

    6-8 PM Public Meeting

Parking is available in the REI Parking Garage, entrance on NW Johnson

3 comments on “Public Meeting I Schedule

  1. Dr. Steve Rademacher says:

    We’ve been using Smith Rock since 2008. Then, it seemed used mostly by climbers, hikers, and runners. My wife and I enjoyed it and loved the way folks respected the resource. We stopped going there two years ago because we did not like the increased emphasis on multi-use, especially bikes, dogs, slack lines, etc. and the exploding crowds. Now it just seems like a theme park. I’ve seen this identical management philosophy evolve in California, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, etc. I thought this kind of management was discarded after the problems in Yosemite and elsewhere and I’m disappointed visitation numbers rather than resource protection has prevailed. Sometimes I think the whole park system is run by landscape architects who want to build trails, dog fountains, and amenities which always ruin the resource and increase maintenance costs. Leave it natural. If the crowds grow to big invoke a lottery system but don’t build more attractions for the hyper-manic set.


  2. Bill, local resident says:

    “leave it natural” indeed! Now the Disneyland attraction continues with the proposed campground and B&B the Mazama’s have applied for. This new circus is working it’s way through the planning commission. A final date to submit comment is 8/29.


    • OPRD Planning says:

      Thanks Bill. Just to clarify the Smith Rock OPRD Park Master Planning process is not in any way associated with the Mazama’s planning process.


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