Oregon’s newest state park will start looking better on Tuesday, April 1, the day the sprinklers get turned on, The Oregonian reported.
That’s the opening of the irrigation season on the John Day River, where 8,000-acre Cottonwood Canyon State Park is located. Oregon’s second largest park was dedicated last September, but remains in the early stage of development, though it is warmly welcoming visitors.
The park opened last year with a welcome center, a plumbed restroom building and two picnic shelters in the day use area. The 28-unit campground, a half-mile downstream, has a pair of vault toilets plus spigots that dispense potable water.
Another round of construction in the park will be bring more amenities, though five cabins for nightly rental and a shower building likely won’t be ready until next year.
The park’s campsites will be individually irrigated, thus allowing vacant sites to be watered without soaking campers in occupied sites.
In addition to the cabin construction project, this summer’s work will install shade structures in the campground, an RV dump station and a permanent residence for a ranger.
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