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Community Rallies For Forks State Park

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CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — A plan by Oregon State Parks to close a popular riverfront park in Josephine County is galvanizing community members to keep the park open.

The Forks State Park in Cave Junction sits on Bureau of Land Management property, but it was opened by state parks more than 30 years ago.

Now, to save money, the state says it would like to quit running the park, which under terms of the BLM lease could mean it’s demolition and decommissioning. Roger Brandt of Illinois Valley Community Development Organization says they think they have a better idea.

“What we’re proposing to do is to , in this community at this park, is create a model that can give state parks a way to keep parks open forever, on into the next century,” said Roger Brandt, the Chairman at the Illinois Valley Community Development Organization.

A meeting Wednesday, January 23rd, at the RCC Building in Kerby will lay out the options and get public input. The Illinois Valley group will present their plan to the state parks board in Oregon City on January 30th.