To take the long view to protect Oregon’s special places and provide the greatest experience while creating stable future funding.
- Welcoming. Building on the work of the Inclusion committee, we will strive toward parks that are ready to welcome all visitors and that staff and visitors feel safe and respected.
- Service Delivery. As we move toward our centennial, OPRD must evaluate how and what facilities and services we manage, maintain and deliver while exploring partnerships to develop new opportunities.
- Succession Planning. With the knowledge that 36% of our staff are eligible to retire, it is critical OPRD plan for change and develop leaders within our agency to be ready for the next hundred years
- Celebrating Heritage. OPRD has a unique role in helping to develop and share the stories of Oregon’s past, including those lesser known stories that may give a more full picture of a place or time.
- All visitors are welcome.
- Services enhance visitors’ experiences.
- Well-trained, dedicated employees are prepared to serve visitors.
- Visitors learn about and celebrate our past.
- Oregon State Parks and planning, natural resources, engineering, and volunteering functions that support park development and management.
- Oregon Heritage that operates cultural and historic preservation programs.
- Recreation grant programs that support recreation facilities on public land across the state.
- All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) programs, which include ATV permits administration and operator safety training.
- Scenic Waterway and Scenic Bikeway administration.
- Oregon Office of Outdoor Recreation responsible for connecting the personal, community and economic benefits of outdoor recreation.
- The department was created as a branch of the Highway Department in 1921.
- The 1989 Legislature created a separate Parks and Recreation Department, effective in 1990.
- Visitors to Oregon state parks in 2016 contributed $1.1 billion to the state’s economy and supported 16,000 full- and part-time jobs.
- Oregon’s state parks are among the most popular In the United States: their combine day-use and camping attendance of 54,421,472 visitors (2017-2018) consistently ranks the system among the 10 most visited in the nation.