State Parks and Recreation Department

Present Duties

North Capitol Mall Office Building
The North Capitol Mall Office Building in Salem houses the central offices of the State Parks and Recreation Department. (Oregon State Archives Scenic Image 20080324-0034​​)
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) exists to protect and provide outstanding natural, scenic, 
recreational, cultural and historic places for the enjoyment and education of present and future generations.

OPRD oversees one of the most popular state park systems in the nation—more than 250 properties providing more than 50 million visits a year—and manages other key recreation and heritage programs: Oregon’s stunning public ocean shore; scenic waterways and bikeways; the State Historic Preservation Office; archaeological services; historic cemeteries; and all-terrain vehicle safety certifications. OPRD programs serve Oregon communities directly with grants and advice related to outdoor recreation, museums and historic “Main Street” revitalization.

OPRD has about 595 full-time equivalent staff, with a large number of employees being seasonal. The governor-appointed State Parks and Recreation Commission sets OPRD’s policy direction.
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Agency Subdivisions

Information about this agency's divisions, offices, and programs.

Contact Information

Phone: 503-986-0707; Campground Reservations: 1-800-452-5687; Parks Information: 1-800-551-6949
Fax: 503-986-0794
Contact: Lisa Sumption, Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator: See Contact List for Parks and Recreation​

Legal & Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS Chapters 97, 358, 390

Budget Analysis - by Legislative Fiscal Office
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Records & Publications​

Records Retention Schedule - a list of the public records kept at the agency

State Archives Holdings from This Agency

The following are selected abbreviated listings from the holdings of the Oregon State Archives. Additional records may be available. These records may be viewed free of charge at the State Archives Building in Salem. Copies are available for a fee. Take the Web tour for more information about visiting or ordering copies from the Oregon State Archives.
Title: A Study of Parks, Parkways and Recreational Areas of Oregon
Dates: 1938
Cubic Ft.: .01
Title: Condon Memorial Park proposal
Dates: 1948-1962
Cubic Ft.: .01
Title: "Inception of the Birth of Oregon" a painting by Theodore Gegoux
Dates: 1920
Cubic Ft.: .1
Title: Legal Counsel memorandum
Dates: 1949-1966
Cubic Ft.: .01
Title: Maps
Dates: 1906-1942
Title: National Park Service Guide: Design and Construction of Park and Recreation Structures
Dates: 1938
Cubic Ft.: .01
Title: Oral history interviews
Dates: 1981-1990
Cubic Ft.: .2
Title: Oswald West's coastal retreat, Cannon Beach, Clatsop County, Oregon
Dates: 1914 & 1991
Cubic Ft.: .01
Title: Park Master Plans
Dates: 1981-1982
Cubic Ft.: .1
Title: Publications
Dates: 1961-1983
Cubic Ft.: .25
Title: Samuel Boardman records
Dates: 1919-1970
Cubic Ft.: 4.25
Title: State Parks and Civilian Conservation Corps film
Dates: ca.1934-1942
Cubic Ft.: .1
Title: Champoeg Park Commission records
Dates: 1935-1938
Cubic Ft.: 2