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A talk in the park

Published on May 16, 2017 4:42PM

Staff from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department are hoping people will join them in a yurt just north of Newport on Wednesday, May 24, to talk about the future of state parks.

The presentation, in the meeting yurt at Beverly Beach State Park, will focus on the final draft master plan for state parks in Lincoln County, including South Beach and Beverly Beach. The plan guides development, recreational use and resource management for the next 20 to 25 years.

The final draft plan is the result of two years of work spent analyzing existing conditions and needs at 26 parks and waysides comprising the Beverly Beach and South Beach Management Units.

Proposals for South Beach State Park include expanded camping and the addition of a new disc golf course, parking and trails at the South Jetty Day-use Area.

The plan also calls for adding pedestrian connections and trail improvements at Yaquina Bay State Park and Beverly Beach State Park; adding a new campground and making day use improvements at Fogarty Creek State Park; updating the parking lot and adding a new reservable picnic shelter at Beachside State Park; and accessibility improvements at many of the parks.

Wednesday’s meeting will run from 5 to 7 pm and will include an opportunity for public comment. It follows a meeting of the advisory committee from 1 to 3 pm, which is open to the public but not for public comment.

Beverly Beach State Park is located five miles north of Newport on Highway 101.

For more information, contact Ian Matthews, park planner, at 503-986-0744 or ian.matthews@oregon.gov.

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