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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.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Linda Nolte permalink
    November 22, 2010 9:37 pm

    it is my understanding that lands have been set aside by the Federal Government for over a hundred years to fund schools…there is an agency that agressively manages these lands “to their best use” to raise monies for schools. I attended a meeting by this agency recently. therefore, having new state parks is NOT in conflict at all with school funding….it is a separately funded effort …the schools have their own lands set aside all over the state and all around the country.

    • November 22, 2010 9:51 pm

      Yes, the Oregon Department of State Lands manages quite a portfolio of property as part of the Common School Fund (it’s worth just shy of a billion dollars). Read more about the CSF. Our efforts to provide more state parks does not detract from this other project.

  2. Mark Stegemeyer permalink
    January 25, 2012 9:57 pm

    The Oregon parks system should be considered a part of our education system. School houses are great and teachers must be paid, but it is also necessary that our students understand the wild wonder of our planet, the mysteries it contains, and the value of preserving that which no amount of education can create or replace.

    Here, in places like this, we demonstrate to students of all ages that man is not only intellectual, but also biological. A well balanced mind requires context—an appreciation of its environment and the most basic principles intrinsic to our survival on which to build the dreams that carry us toward the next generation—and the stars.

    Plus, sometimes, it’s good just to have a place to sit in the dirt and feel the sun on your face.

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