The much-vaunted reservations system that County Parks Director Ken Dukek dreamed of implementing for Boice Park at the north end of the county was scrapped this week - and not by county officials looking to save money.
"I really got my butt kicked on this one," he told county commissioners Wednesday morning. "They (park users) absolutely did not want it."
Boice Cope Park is a "wind-driven park," Dukek explained, attracting windsurfers who only come to that part of the coast if winds are high. And offering a reservations system puts too many constraints on them because the weather cannot be predicted months into the future.
He expects though, that a coin laundry he plans to install at the park will be popular among users. Currently, people have to drive south to Port Orford or north to Bandon to wash clothing, he said.
News on the reservations desk at Lobster Creek Youth Camp, another county-owned park and campground, and not to be confused with the U.S. Foreset Service-owned Lobster Creek Campground on Jerry's Flat Road, is much better, Dukek said.
Only one month of the year, from mid-December to mid-January, is not booked - reservations are running double what they were last year - and revenue is up $7,000. Additionally, seven weddings are planned at the facility on the north side of the Rogue River.
Part of that could be the result of work he and his crews did there last summer, including massive renovations, furniture replacement and infrastructure repairs.
Work this spring has included diverting water so it no long floods the dining room and repairing minor ceiling and water damage.
Boice Cope Park offers 18 RV spots and several tent areas, flush toilets, showers, boat ramp and fishing. Lobster Creek Park, 18 miles east of Gold Beach along the Rogue River, sports 12 camping cabins, 14 primitive RV spaces, restroom facilities, a central recreational forestry education building with a kitchen, walk-in cooler, fireplace and a bunk-style sleeping quarters upstairs. There is also a performing stage area, picnic and play areas.
For more information on either park, call 541-247-3386.