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Gorge park plan meeting this Thursday

Members of the public will have an opportunity to help shape the future of parks in the Gorge this Thursday in Hood River.

The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department will be presenting preliminary planning concepts for state park improvements in the Gorge at a public meeting this Thursday, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hood River Fire Station located at 1785 Meyer Parkway. Park staff will take public comment on the planning concepts as well as ask for input on the prioritization of the proposed improvements.

OSPRD manages 15 parks, six natural areas, three scenic view points, six scenic corridors, and 47 trailheads in the Gorge area alone.

Planning concepts will include strategies for park management units in the Gorge and specific strategies and site plans for the most significant park properties. This is the third in a series of meetings that began last summer. At the next meeting — the date of which has not yet been set — the final draft plan document will be presented to the public.

To view the proposals before the meeting, go to gorgeparksplan.com.

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