Rule changes would enable larger groups to gather

Salem — The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is seeking comments through Aug. 28 on proposed rules that would amend the Oregon State Parks reservation process.

The changes would:

  • • Provide better customer service by reducing the reservation window from two days to one day, allowing customers more flexibility;

  • • Simplify the reservation cancellation process to provide one point of contact and allow cancellations on the web;

  • • Reduce the deadline for cancellations and changes from one month to three days prior to arrival for deluxe cabins, deluxe yurts and horse camps, which will reduce financial penalties on customers;

  • • Refine the rules for group camping to focus on the groups with the most impact on park resources and improve operational efficiency; and

  • • Clean up rule language, removing references to old programs.

  • Comments will be taken by email and through a series of four public hearings in August.

  • The proposed rule change would more closely align current cancellation practices, reservation timeframes, and department terminology with the rules, according to the department.

  • Changes to the cancellation and site change policy for deluxe cabins, deluxe yurts and horse camps would allow customers who use those facilities more flexibility without financial penalties when their plans change.

  • Another rule change — which would eliminate the reservation fee waiver — is intended to help the department manage large groups that want to camp together in campgrounds designed for individual camping.

  • Other proposed changes for groups are a waiver of the cancellation fee and changing the number of sites that qualify for group camping from 10 to 20.

  • A copy of the proposed rule language and other details regarding the proposed rule changes can be found at: http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/RULES/Pages/Rulemaking Notices.aspx

  • Public comments will be accepted through Aug. 28 and can be sent to the department through regular mail at Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Attn: Public Comment, 725 Summer NE, Suite C, Salem OR 97301, by e-mail at oprd.publiccomment@oregon.gov or in person at one of four public hearings.

  • Those who wish to make public comment at one of the hearings must register with the hearing officer within 30 minutes of the listed start time listed below.:

  • • Aug. 22: 9 a.m.. Tryon Creek State Park Nature Center, 11321 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd., Portland

  • • Aug. 24: 6:30 p.m., Tryon Creek State Park Nature Center, 11321 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd., Portland

  • • Aug. 25: 6:30 p.m., Valley River Inn, Alsea Room, 1000 Valley River Way, Eugene

  • • Aug. 27: 6:30 p.m., Pine Ridge Inn, 1200 S.W. Mt. Bachelor Drive, Bend

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