Submitted by: Shirley Gauthier AANR-NW Government Affairs Chairman
Long gone are the days when the entire Rooster Rock State Park was nude friendly and legal. On May 15, 1979 the Oregon Transportation Commission adopted a certificate and order filing with the Secretary of State that drew a line portioning off a section of the park for use by textiles. This was effective on May 17, 1979. The documents I have states that this came about because nudity was being challenged by a small group with religious ties
Many AANR-NW members may remember the days when we would freely walk from the beach to the parking, rest rooms and picnic areas. We enjoyed nude recreation throughout the entire park clear down to the boat launch area on the West end of the park.
When nude recreation was being challenged by a small group we can give credit to Regional Parks Supervisor Frank Stiles who favored designating an area for nude recreation over banning nudity altogether at Rooster Rock.
AANR-NW has for the past 15 years partnered with Oregon State Parks Dept. and holds the official adoption through the Adopt-A-Park program. AANR-NW Government Affairs team volunteers were instrumental in working with Rooster Rock Park staff to create the verbage, and purchase the sign you see in the picture. That sign has since faded, grown tired and worn.
At the AANR-NW fall board meeting attendees were solicited to contribute to purchase additional signs at Rooster Rock. As always members were generous in their financial support. Rooster Rock Park Manager Glenn Littrell has ordered two of the rules signs and four additional boundary marker signs. Glenn thanked AANR-NW for our funding and continued partnership with Oregon State Parks.