Annual permits for Douglas County parks will now last 12 months from the date of purchase, Parks Director Rocky Houston announced this week. Previously, the permits had been available for a calendar year only, meaning permits purchased mid-year only lasted until Dec. 31.
The draft Parks Master Plan released last week continues the county’s plan to divvy up the parks into three categories — 16 active, 40 passive and 13 unclassified. That latter category represents undeveloped parks that might be sold in the future to fund improvements to other parks.
Douglas County Parks Director Gary Groth grew up in the small town of Murphys, in central California. As a high school student in the 1970s, he knew he wanted to work in a profession that allowed him to spend time outdoors.
CRATER LAKE — When Craig Ackerman was a second grade student in Wheeling, West Virginia, he saw a magazine article showing snow piled two stories high at Crater Lake National Park.
Three incumbents were reappointed to the Douglas County Parks Advisory Board Wednesday. A fourth position was reopened for applications despite the fact that seven other applicants had gone through an extensive selection process in hopes of joining the board.
TENMILE — A new group called the Friends of Iverson Memorial Park hopes to adopt the park, both to take over parks maintenance and to convince Douglas County officials that the park is well loved, frequently used and should be preserved.