How are you going to fund the development and day-to-day operations?
Oregonians decided to dedicate Lottery funds to state parks in 1998, and that money will be used to fund development of Cottonwood Canyon. Most of the Lottery fund is used to repair and improve existing state parks, but a portion is set aside for new parks like this.
We don’t receive any tax dollars, but most of our day-to-day park funding comes from three places:
- Visitor fees from campgrounds and day use areas
- A portion of RV license fees
- 7.5% of the Parks and Natural Resource fund (lottery dollars dedicated by voters in 1998 and 2010).
We use these funds to provide recreation and protect resources on more than 100,000 acres across the state. Even though our 2009-2011 budget is lower than it was in 2007-2009, cost-effective management has allowed Oregonians to enjoy well-maintained, open parks during the economic downturn.
This park is one of the most important in a generation, and we’re committed to assign the needed staff and funding to operate the park, just as we do our other flagship properties like Silver Falls, The Cove Palisades and Fort Stevens. It’s important as we create the park to use methods and materials that can be maintained affordably over the long haul. The plan outlines our understanding of needed staff based on a full development. Staff for the property will be added as the park develops over time, and depending on the budget.