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 Photo)
The State 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. The state park tradition in Oregon began in 1922 with the first state park: a land donation on the Luckiamute River in the Willamette Valley became what is now Sarah Helmick State Recreation Site.

Originally a division of the Highway Commission and later, its successor the Oregon Department of Transportation, the State Parks and Recreation Department was created as an independent agency in 1989. Today, OPRD focuses on protecting Oregon’s special outdoor and historic places, providing opportunities for great experiences and sustaining Oregon’s quality outdoor recreation and heritage resources. To accomplish this, OPRD provides one of the most popular state park systems in the nation—more than 250 properties serving over 45 million visitors a year—and manages other key recreation and heritage programs: Oregon’s stunning public ocean shore, scenic waterways and first-of-their-kind scenic bikeways, the State Historic Preservation Office, archaeology 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 840 positions totaling about 575 full-time equivalent employees, with a large number of employees being seasonal. The governor-appointed State Parks and Recreation Commission sets OPRD’s policy direction. The department is funded by state park visitor fees, a share of state recreational vehicle license revenues, some federal funds and a share of Oregon Lottery profits constitutionally dedicated to parks by Oregon voters in 1998 and 2010.

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Contact Information

Mailing Address: 725 Summer St. NE, Suite C, Salem 97301
Telephone: 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 Email: Katie Gauthier 
Records Officer Email: Holly Morgan
Staff Directory from Oregon.gov
Location Map: by Google Maps

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Statutory Authority: ORS Chapters 97, 358, 390
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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
Quantity:
 
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