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Old 08-02-2013, 10:54 AM   #1
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Oregon State Parks rate hikes

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 oprd.publiccomment@state.or.us

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
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Old 08-02-2013, 04:13 PM   #2
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$28.00 per night for full hook up sites is still one great bargain in my opinion. Most State Parks now charge more.
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Old 08-02-2013, 04:36 PM   #3
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We have been staying in an Oregon State park campground all summer as volunteers. Although we stay for free in exchange for volunteer hours, I would be happy to pay $28 a night for our 50 amp, full hookup, 56 feet long campsite. The campground is kept squeaky clean including the showers & restrooms. A Park Ranger is on duty until 11pm every night and does regular patrols to ensure that quiet hours are being observed. All in all, $28 a night is still a bargain IMHO.
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The state parks are one of the great bargains and always last on the funding list. You can bet you'll never see park rangers line dancing on your dollar in Vegas (disclaimer-not a political statement, only illustrating a point
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The state parks are one of the great bargains and always last on the funding list. You can bet you'll never see park rangers line dancing on your dollar in Vegas (disclaimer-not a political statement, only illustrating a point
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Rate increase guaranteed. Comments or not. It's going to happen. No new services for the fee. Resistance by the public is probably way to low to worry about.
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$28.00 per night for full hook up sites is still one great bargain in my opinion. Most State Parks now charge more.
I agree, show me a hotel that has rooms that cheap. Its hard to find GAS for less than a 4 Bucks. We are really not concerned about paying a price if the services are good and we are where we want to be, cost you more driving all over town to save 4 bucks. No Thanks,

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