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Jackson County may soon run Stewart State Park

We camp several times a year at Joseph Stewart State Park, such a nice site so close to home. I understand Jackson County and the state are discussing who will run the park (the day use area, the campground and the boat concession.) I am a little concerned that the county lacks the expertise and the money to run the campground, and I am also a bit concerned about the lack of public discussion. What is the status of the discussions and what plans does Jackson County have to at least maintain, if not improve, camping?

— Maureen, via email

This very topic was discussed at a Jackson County Board of Commissioners work session Tuesday.

Steve Lambert, Jackson County Parks program manager, said the department will be bringing before the board in the next two weeks or so an intergovernmental agreement it has been working on with Oregon State Parks.

That agreement is in the hands of Oregon State Parks for a final review.

“If approved by the Board of Commissioners, the park will be operated by Jackson County Parks beginning April 1,” Lambert said in an email.

“We will be contacting individuals who have current reservations with the marina at that point. We have held off contacting folks for now, so as to not create confusion until the agreement was finalized.”

Lambert also said that the county is mostly looking to maintain current service levels, but that a cooperative effort between state and county entities intended to make some improvements to the main arena building is planned. No date has been set, and no major capital improvements are planned during at least the first year after the county takes the reins, Lambert said.

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