Why make a new park now? Can’t that money be better spent for schools or other services?
Oregon voters dedicated a portion of the Oregon Lottery—7.5%—specifically to imrpove parks. Parks are mainly there for you as a place to discover the nature and history of this great state, but they also represent a significant asset to the economy and communities of Oregon. These special places are where people from across the state, the country, and even the world come to rest, relax, and explore. Oregon has one of the best state park systems in the country.
Cottonwood Canyon will build on that success. We have a long history of providing programs and parks that add value to the public dollars invested into schools and other services. Many of our parks host school children visiting for educational field trips, especially on Oregon history, and Cottonwood will be able to tell the stories of ranching, Native American heritage, geology, and the canyonland ecosystem like no other park does. Cottonwood Canyon will be a place of learning as well as exploration.