Medford hearing on parks grant program changes

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is conducting public hearings across the state on proposed rule changes to local government grant programs.

The proposed wording changes are necessary to implement Senate Bill 342, passed by the 2011 Oregon Legislature. That legislation enacts Measure 76, a constitutional provision that sets aside 7.5 percent of net Lottery proceeds to OPRD for specific purposes, such as grants, property acquisition and park infrastructure repair. Measure 76 was passed by Oregon voters in 2010. OPRD’s Lottery-based grants programs enable local governments to acquire, develop or improve public parks, natural areas or outdoor recreation areas.

Hearing dates and locations: All meetings are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Salem: Jan. 17- North Mall Office Building, Room 124A. 725 Summer St NE.
Bend: Jan. 18- Crossings at the Riverhouse, Deschutes Room B 3075 N Business 97.
Medford: Jan.19- Santo Community Center, Rm 18. 701 N Columbus Ave.

OPRD will accept written comments until 5 p.m. Feb. 15. Written comments should be sent to Michele Scalise, 725 Summer Street NE, Suite C, Salem, OR 97301. Accommodations for persons with disabilities are available upon advance request.

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