Next year marks Oregon State Parks’ 100th anniversary and they will be having an astounding one-year-long celebration to commemorate their 100 years.

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department said that it all began with just a 5-acre piece of land donation in 1922. Sarah Helmick State Recreation Site became Oregon’s first official state park. A century later, the state park system has grown to 254 properties and more than 100,000 total acres!

The centennial celebration will also honor the Oregonians who protected and safeguarded the special places and state parks that everyone enjoys today.

To celebrate the very first Oregon state park, there would be a community picnic at Sarah Helmick State Recreation Site in Monmouth, which is scheduled for State Parks Day on June 4th of 2022.

Additional events will be scheduled throughout the state and will be posted on the Oregon State Parks event calendar: Note that OPRD will be hosting at least 100 service projects in 2022. To sign up as a volunteer, you may visit their volunteer page.

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