100 Years of State Parks! Ticket2Ride accepting grant applications, & more
100 Years of State Parks! Ticket2Ride accepting grant applications, & more
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January Featured Park: Sarah Helmick State Recreation Site

In 1922, Oregon’s first State Park was established on land donated by Sarah Helmick along the Luckiamute River. That land, about five and a half acres, is now just a small fraction of the land preserved as State Parks and natural areas in Oregon. Sarah Helmick State Recreation Site has been increased in size several times, through land donations and purchases, so that it now covers more than 30 acres and includes two reservable day-use areas, perfect for family gatherings and group celebrations.

Fishing and picnicking are popular at the park, which is just a few miles south of Monmouth, and there are paths to walk along the river.

If you have a road trip planned along Highway 99W, Sarah Helmick State Park is a great place to stop and have a picnic lunch, being less than half a mile from the highway. Take Old Fort Road to the west and then take a left at Helmick Road, and the park is just on the right, across the river.

2022: 100 years of State Parks

It is now 100 years since Sarah Helmick donated the original parcel of land that became Sarah Helmick State Park, and there is much to celebrate. There are now more than 250 State Parks managed by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD).

To commemorate the anniversary, there will be a community picnic on State Parks Day (June 4th) at Sarah Helmick State Park, and other events throughout the year. You can learn more about the centennial on the State Parks Website, or the Oregon Blue Book State Park Centennial Project.

Ticket2Ride Applications Being Accepted Now

With Covid-19 precautions in place, schools are finally returning to in-person learning, and field trips to the outdoors are an important part of the learning experience for any child. Unfortunately, the expense of transportation makes these outdoor experiences too costly for some schools.

Ticket2Ride is one of Oregon Parks Forever’s programs and has been helping kids in underserved communities access outdoor learning since 2016. We are proud to now be able to offer Ticket2Ride grants for national parks and scenic areas in addition to state parks! The expansion of Oregon Parks Forever’s mission means that Ticket2Ride can now cover field trip transportation to areas such as the Lewis and Clark National Historic Park, Cape Perpetua, and other fantastic destinations in Oregon.

Hands-on outdoors learning helps kids do better in school and promotes interests in history, science, and the environment. Please help us make outdoor learning experiences more accessible to our kids!
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Oregon Parks Forever’s Board of Trustees Changes for 2022

We are pleased to announce our new board officers for 2022, and a new addition to our advisory council.

Brigitte Sutherland, a long-time board member who previously held the position of Treasurer on our board, has stepped up as Chair. To fill her previous role, we welcome new board member and Treasurer, Katie DiBiase from Moss Adams.

Jan McGowan, who joined the OPF board in August of 2021, has accepted the role of Secretary. Jan previously worked with the non-profit SOLVE for more than 15 years before becoming a non-profit consultant.

Josh Schlesinger, an outdoor enthusiast and President and CEO of the Schlesinger Companies, has joined the Oregon Parks Forever advisory council.

Visit the Oregon Parks Forever website to meet the rest of our team
With Sincere Gratitude,
Oregon Parks Forever is a statewide, member-supported nonprofit dedicated to raising funds to enhance and preserve special places and experiences in Oregon's parks. www.orparksforever.org.
Oregon Parks Forever
503-966-1283 | administrator@orparksforever.org.
1501 SW Jefferson St. Portland, OR 97201
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