Overflow Smith Rock Parking Almost Here:  June 30 Update

June 30, 2016: THIS JUST IN FROM PARK MANAGEMENT
"Opening the lot has been delayed till the 2nd weekend of July. We are waiting on safety and regulatory signage."

Sorry everybody--here's the background below from our June 11 post:

Anyone walking or driving to the Northern Point may have seen some activity at the Park Field Office, or the "Rex" field.

overflow parking lot for Smith Rock State Park
overflow parking lot for Smith Rock State Park

Originally scheduled to open in August, an overflow parking lot has been moved up to June 21. (As of June 30, the 2nd weekend in July.)

Much to the relief of those of you parking up to 2 miles away on most weekends. With school due out any day now, the timing couldn't have been better.

As we first described in our post "Parking Relief is Coming," this is a temporary solution for a grass lot, sectioned off with rubber parking stops and fencing.

It will remain gated for OVERFLOW ONLY and opened at the discretion of park management.

The day use fee will be paid at the Turnaround fee station just past the field where the gate is to the parking area.

With 100 spots sectioned off, this should take the pressure off until a more permanent solution is in place.

It's all part of the master plan in the works now to be revealed and presented to the public for comment over the next 2 years.

overflow parking for Smith Rock State Park fee sign
overflow parking for Smith Rock State Park fee sign