Work underway on selected projects to improve state parks

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Nine projects funded by bond sales underway

November 27, 2023 Update


Nine projects funded by Oregon-issued general obligation bonds (GO Bonds) are underway. The 2021 Oregon Legislature passed SB 5506 that approved $50 million in GO Bond proceeds, an incredibly generous act to revitalize state parks and campgrounds.

The links below go to web pages for each project. Each page includes a summary of the park, project overview, project schedule and possible disruptions to park operations, as well as photos. Check back to watch our progress as milestones are met and to see next steps.

Project pages

The following projects are no longer active

  • Milo McIver State Park
  • Portland Women's Forum State Scenic Viewpoint


  • The first bond sale of $25 million occurred in May 2022. The second happened in March 2023. These funds must be spent within three years of payout.
  • Oregon State Park staff spent the last half of 2021 developing project selection criteria, identifying potential projects and work scopes, as well as estimating preliminary construction costs. The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission approved the initial project list in November 2021.
  • In 2022, staff worked on a multitude of pre-design steps for all projects, including:
    • assessing utility and park system feasibility,
    • assessing cultural and ecological feasibility,
    • selecting architectural and engineering consultants,
    • developing conceptual designs,
    • coordinating permitting,
    • consulting with partners and interested parties,
    • refining cost estimates based on proposed work and the most recent costs for goods and services.

Contractor Note: Construction information, including request for proposals, types of contractors needed and project bid details, will be listed on OregonBuys .