(Editor’s Note: Viewpoint submissions on this and other topics are always welcome as part of our goal to encourage community discussion and exchange of perspectives.)
March 11, 2020 - North Jetty is a gem located close to the heart of Florence. Its 250 acres have something for every visitor: beach access, trails, a dive dock, ponds and pines.
Lane County Parks has been maintaining the park for nearly a year and we have reached a crossroads: do we agree to take on the maintenance and operation of North Jetty long-term, or do we let it remain the responsibility of the Department of State Lands?
If we took on long-term management of the park it would mean more consistent ranger presence, regular maintenance of the parking lot and facilities, and possibly investments in improved park infrastructure.
It would also likely mean a change in how some experience the park. Typically, Lane County-operated parks are not open 24 hours per day unless they are campgrounds. There is also a $4 parking fee associated with most of our 70 parks.
Fees are critical to maintaining our parks; in fact, fees make up the bulk of our maintenance budget. We are hosting a community meeting in Florence on Wednesday, March 18, at 6 p.m. at Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue (2625 Highway 101).
We are asking residents to weigh in on the future of North Jetty Park and talk with Parks staff about what matters to them.
For those who are unable to come to the meeting, we have a short online survey where they can offer feedback www.lane countyor.gov/parks.
Florence-area residents have a history of involvement in guiding Lane County Parks.
We hope to have their help once again.