I got this email today:
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department // News Release
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is proposing to raise state park camping rates for some types of campsites effective May 1, 2014. Public comment on the proposal will be accepted until August 30, 2013. An attached photo shows the details.
If approved by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission, the rate for a typical full hookup RV site would rise $4, to $28 per night in the summer, and basic yurts would go from $36 to $40. Tent camping rates, currently $15-$19 per night, would not change. Camping rates at Oregon's state parks depend on the time of year, and location of the campground.
Oregon's state parks do not receive tax dollars. Park operating costs are climbing, and revenue from two other major sources -- RV registrations and the state lottery -- and is dropping.
OPRD last raised its camping rates in 2010, after a 14-year hiatus.
If the new rate structure is passed, Oregon's rates will come closer to the market, where RV sites normally cost more than $30 a night. State park RV sites serve up to eight people and gives them a natural park experience with the comforts of power and fresh water, or power plus water and sewer.
Public comment on the proposed change must be received no later than 5 p.m., August 30 and can be made any of four ways:
1. By attending a public hearing at 7 p.m. at one of these four parks:
o 8/20, South Beach State Park, Meeting Yurt 5580 S. Coast Highway, Newport OR 97366
o 8/21, Champoeg State Heritage Area, Visitor Center, 8239 Champoeg Road NE, St. Paul OR 97137
o 8/22, The Cove Palisades State Park, Crooked River Campground Program Area, 7300 Jordan Rd. Culver OR 97734
o 8/23, Wallowa Lake State Recreation Area, Day Use Picnic Shelter, 72214 Marina Lane, Joseph OR 97846
2. By email to firstname.lastname@example.org
3. By writing to:
OPRD ATTN: Park Rates
725 Summer St NE Suite C
Salem OR 97301
4. By taking an online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2FZ8T95