CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. – What may be the only state park in Josephine County could soon be closed, but not if Illinois Valley residents have anything to say about it. The Forks of the Illinois Park at Cave Junction has been in need of maintenance and repair for several years.
State Parks officials say just keep the lawn mowed and trash picked up costs about $25,000 a year. So, they would like to close the gates, but Cave Junction and Josephine County officials are calling on State Parks to renew their lease with BLM and keep the park open.
“That is a gateway park,” says Carl Jacobson, the Mayor of Cave Junction. “It’s the only one, State Park, In Josephine county and its–it really benefits this community ’cause we have access to the river for swimming and whatnot. And there is a parking area down there.”
Jacobson says a delegation from Josephine County will meet with the State Parks Commission in Salem on Thursday to appeal to keep the Forks Park open.