Friday, May 26, 2017

Visitors to Farewell Bend State Recreation Area can now park for free (Photo)

VISITORS TO FAREWELL BEND STATE RECREATION AREA CAN NOW PARK FOR FREE (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: May 26th, 2017 10:15 AM
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Huntington OR -- The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) has ended the $5 day-use parking fee at Farewell Bend State Recreation Area to better align with agency policy and meet visitors' needs.

The park is a popular local spot for accessing Brownlee Reservoir, but most of the 137,000 annual visitors use the park as a rest area for a brief stop while traveling.

"Free parking will better accommodate the type of use we're seeing at Farewell Bend," said park manager Jim Hutton. "By ending the day-use fee, we hope to serve more local visitors."

Of Oregon's 255 state parks, 25 charge a day-use parking fee. Parks that offer a strong experience at a major attraction with a good staff presence are considered candidates for a day-use parking fee, and state parks are sometimes added or dropped from the system through a public involvement process known as rulemaking. That process will be used to officially remove
Farewell Bend's day-use parking fee later this year, but free parking is effective immediately.

Annual revenue from parking permits purchased at Farewell Bend historically averages $5,000-6,000, used to help defray the costs of maintaining state parks. Funding from other sources will be used to replace the lost day-use fee revenue.

The Oregon State Park system is not funded by general fund tax dollars. The agency's budget comes mainly from user fees, a portion of RV registration fees and funding from Lottery proceeds.
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