Jun 15, 2020
We’re facing months, even years, of critical challenges due to the economic fallout from COVID-19. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department faces a decline in our main revenue sources – Lottery Fund and park visitors – that requires us to reduce services and lay off staff to fill an estimated $22 million gap in our July 2019-June 2021 budget.
Our budget is funded by
The projected Lottery Fund allocation is down 30% from pre-coronavirus estimates. We do not receive state General Fund tax dollars to operate any service, including our popular, heavily visited Oregon State Park system. The state park system was closed for two months, and now offers limited services to campers.
When it became clear in spring that revenues were going to be unstable, we froze hiring, curtailed discretionary spending, and suspended large improvement and repair projects and other programs such as grants.
We also made the decision to:
Your state park experience is different and you will not see the same level of service you’ve come to expect from us, including:
You can help us by treating park properties gently, using as little water and power as necessary, and packing out trash. We also have set up a Donate option for those who wish to help with operating expenses. With support from Oregonians, the agency will rise to this challenge and adapt.