DCSO to crack down on illegal parking near Smith Rock State Park

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The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office says it will crack down on people parking illegally near Smith Rock State Park.

DCSO posted pictures of the no parking signs on its Facebook page Monday, reminding visitors not to park on the shoulders of roads leading into the park.

The area is clearly marked “No Parking.”

Parking at the popular state park has been an issue for years as crowds there continue to grow.

Neighbors living near the popular park have complained about clogged roads forcing pedestrians to walk in the street – and potentially blocking evacuation routes in the event of a wildfire.

Nearly a million people visit Smith Rock each year, but there are fewer than 500 parking spaces at any given time.

In July last year, Deschutes County Commissioners passed an order outlining several no-parking zones in the area.

Managers of the state park agreed to work on creating additional parking; 25 spots to start, within the existing overflow lot.

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