Oregon is a state which has an over-abundance of natural beauty, and the majority of the residents appreciate and protect the environment.
Imagine my disappointment upon driving up to this brand new "Oregon Welcome Center" . . . and seeing acres of concrete and pavement! What a shame!
This used to be a pleasant little park with a gravel parking area and a trail to the beach. It is now an extremely expensive park office surrounded by masses of concrete. All built at taxpayer expense, of course.
The building itself is environmentally "green" and does use a minimum of electricity thanks to solar panels. The large counters are made of precious, expensive Myrtlewood.
It is staffed by both State Park employees and Forest Service employees, who are there to help visitors by giving them information about Oregon. However, when I asked about the history of "Crissey Field", they didn't know. I had to come home and look it up on the Internet.
It's too bad that the government felt that they needed to build such a concrete "monument". A simple gravel driveway and parking lot with a nice wood building would have sufficed, and would have been more appropriate for a state which prides itself on "natural" beauty.
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