Public Meetings Examine Future of Oregon Coast Park
(Oceanside, Oregon) - The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is inviting the public to take part in discussions concerning Cape Lookout State Park and its problem of an eroding shoreline. Two public meetings will take place: one in Netarts on December 7 and the other in Wilsonville on December 8. (Above: Cape Lookout's sand erosion shows off rock structures not normally seen)
These meetings will be the first step in working out the park’s future.
The Netarts session will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Netarts-Oceanside RFD Community Hall, 1235 Fifth Street Loop. The Wilsonville meeting happens December 8 at the Wilsonville Public Library, 8200 S.W. Wilsonville Road from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Cape Lookout State Park has been on the receiving end of increasingly heavy erosion, in spit of numerous projects to keep the shoreline intact, preventing the sea from washing into parts of the park and wrecking recreational activities such as camping. El Nino years are especially hard on the area and other parts of the Oregon coast; such as in 1982, 1997 and 2007 when winter storms really took a toll on the beaches.
These initial sessions in Wilsonville and Netarts will seek ideas about how to offer safe, diverse recreation in the future while adjusting to the park's shoreline changes. Input from these meetings and during a 30-day written comment period will help planners develop a first draft of the new plan to present in a second round of meetings early next year. Written comments can be sent to OPRD master planning coordinator Ron Campbell at 725 Summer Street N.E., Suite C, Salem, Oregon 97301; or by e-mail to Ron.Cambell@state.or.us.
There will be an advisory committee meeting that is open to the public that will happen earlier in the day in Netarts on December 7, going from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The public can attend this one, although only members of the committee and other officials will be able to comment. The comments session for the public will happen later in day. This meeting is also at the Netarts-Oceanside RFD Community Hall.
The meeting sites are accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations may be arranged up to 72 hours in advance by calling 503-986-0655.
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