A $22 million budget gap is responsible for keeping some state parks in the area closed, according to a release from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.
Although Harris Beach State Park and areas of the popular Samuel H. Bordman Scenic Corridor opened following closure related to the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions, many other state parks in Curry County remain closed.
Of these, the state agency said that Alfred A. Loeb State Park, campground and day-use, and Cape Blanco State Park, campground and day-use, would remain closed at least through Labor Day.
The rest area at Harris Beach State Park and the visitor center at Crissy Field just north of the Oregon-California border remain closed. Their future was not addressed in the recent release.
Because there are still emerging cases of the virus in many areas, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is asking visitors to do their part to help protect themselves and the health of their fellow Oregonians.
The state park system has been slowly reopening since early May, but nearly every park is experiencing reduced levels of service due to the funding gap and parks are relying on visitors to help get through this unprecedented time.
Parks that are open will have far fewer staff than usual do for the busy summer season. Park rangers will be focused on essential duties to keep the public safe, so other typical services may fall by the wayside. Events and programs will be canceled, ice or firewood sales may be suspended, and grounds maintenance and trash pickup will be less frequent. Service availability may change quickly.
Many facilities will be closed or have sharply reduced hours. Shower/restroom facilities, ranger booths, welcome centers, and other places will be affected. Go to the webpage for the park you plan to visit before you leave to learn what’s open and what’s closed. When you arrive at the park, scope out the open facilities.
Learn more about safe recreation in parks during the pandemic, including more specifics for day-use and camping, on the state parks website: stateparks.oregon.gov.