Advertisement for Proposals: Multi-Jurisdictional Master Plan

Request For Proposals Multi-Jurisdictional Master Plan
for Parks and Recreation in Hood River County Advertisement

Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District (“Parks District” or “District”), in cooperation with other local agencies – the City of Hood River, Hood River County, and the Port of Hood River – is seeking a professional services team to provide the necessary planning services to develop a Multi-jurisdictional Master Plan identifying strategies to enhance development and management of parks and recreation facilities in Hood River County.

Completed sealed proposals for the Multi-Jurisdictional Master Plan will be received by Mark Hickok, District Director, at the Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District, 1601 May Avenue, Hood River OR 97031, Monday through Friday – 8:30 am to 4:30 pm – until 2:00 pm on December 21, 2017 (Bid Closing). Bids will be opened immediately after the Bid Closing in the order they were received. Late Submissions will not be accepted.

Contract terms, conditions, and specifications may be reviewed at the HRVPRD Office.

HRVPRD reserves the right to reject any bid not in compliance with this Request for Proposal or all prescribed public contracting procedures and requirements, and may reject for good cause any or all bids upon a finding that it is in the public interest to do so. HRVPRD is not liable for any costs incurred by the proposer for the proposal preparation or presentation. Copies of the RFP documents may be obtained or reviewed at the HRVPD Office or on the HRVPRD website:


Multi-Jurisdictional Master Plan RFP 


For a complete list of documents, visit our Multi-Jurisdictional Master Plan RFP webpage.


First Published November 17, 2017.

Maintenance & Rate Change Information: September 2017

The Aquatic Center will close for annual maintenance September 5th through the 18th. Current pass-holders, three month and annual passes, will have their memberships extended the length of the closure.

Starting September 18th, Aquatic Center rates will take effect. Pricing will increase for all forms of admission, including three month and annual passes, so buy and renew passes now to purchase them at the old rate. Sports team members will no longer need to buy a pass from the Aquatic Center to participate in their sport.

Click the links below to learn more about our rate changes.

Our Rates are changing Rate Change Team FAQs

Indian Creek Trail Detour Due to Culvert Work

Indian Creek Culvert Under Construction

The Hood River News posted an article about the culvert repair.  It can be found HERE.

The Indian Creek Trail access by Dutch Brothers and the Columbia Gorge Community College is temporarily closed due the culvert work on the Indian Creek trail.

You can access the trail by Dutch Bros via Union Street in order to take the trail down towards Hazel Street of the 7th Street Stairs.  If you want to access the trail by the Columbia College, take College Way to meet up with the trail.



Invitation To Bid







Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District is soliciting bids from qualified contractors for furnishing all materials, equipment, labor, and services for the construction of the Golden Eagle Park Project. The project includes demolition of existing structures, preparation and construction of a 98 stall parking lot, multipurpose/bocci/pickleball courts, bathroom/septic system, picnic structures, lighting, and other miscellaneous features.


Sealed bids will be received by Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District, Issuing Office, 1601 May Avenue, Hood River, OR 97031, Monday through Friday – 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM – until 2:00 PM on May 16, 2017 (Bid Closing). Bids will be opened immediately after the Bid Closing. The person designated for receipt of bids is: Mark Hickok, District Director.


Bid Documents may be obtained or reviewed at the Issuing Office. A non‑refundable fee of $150.00 will be required for each set (add $35.00 if return mailing requested).


Pre-qualification applications under ORS 279C.430 are required and must be submitted by May 11, 2017. The work classes to be pre-qualified for the project include: Heavy Civil Earthwork, HMA Paving, Concrete Work, Aggregate Placement, Court Construction, Utility Work including Power/Water/Sewer, Erosion Control/Stormwater Management.



The project is for a public work subject to ORS 279C.800 to 279C.870 or the Davis-Bacon Act (40 USC 3141 et seq.).



Publish:                Hood River News, Saturday, April 22, Wednesday, April 26, and Saturday, April 29, 2017


Minimum of one time advertisement in Daily Journal of Commerce

90 Day Notice of System Development Charge Methodology

Hood River Valley Parks & Recreation District

90-day Notice of System Development Charge Methodology

The Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District (HRVPRD) hereby issues public
notice, pursuant to ORS 223.304, of its intent to update its local system development
charge for parks facilities.

A technical report addressing the methodology and calculation of the proposed charges
on new development within the HRVPRD service area will be available for review after
December 29, 2016 at 1601 May Avenue, Hood River, Oregon and the HRVPRD

A public hearing to take comments regarding the proposed system development charges
will be scheduled in March, 2017 at the Hood River Aquatic Center. If you wish to
comment but cannot attend the public hearing, please address written comments as

Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District
Attention: Mark Hickok
1601 May Avenue
Hood River, Oregon 97031
541-386-5720 office

Written comments must be received by March 10, 2017 to be considered.

Upcoming Pool Closures

The pool will be closed beginning at 1pm on Friday, October 7 through Sunday, October 9th for a swim meet.

The pool will reopen at 7:30am on Monday, October 10th.


In addition the pool will close to the general public at 4pm for all water polo games. Next week, the pool will close at 4pm October 11th and 13th.


Mark Hickok Named as New District Director

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The Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District has selected Mark Hickok as the new District Director.  Mark comes to us from Redmond WA, where he has served as the Recreation Division Manager for the last four years. Mark is replacing Lori Stirn as District Director. “I am honored to be awarded this opportunity. Hood River is an amazing community with unique Parks & Recreation opportunities. Lori Stirn has done an outstanding job leading this district for the last 15 years and her legacy will live on in this community for many years to come. I hope to continue to partner with other agencies to make Hood River Valley an great place to live.“ Hickok said.

Mark and his family will be relocating to Hood River later this month.

A native of Everett, Washington Mark received his Bachelor of Science degree in Parks and Recreation Management from North Arizona University.

Mark brings a wide variety of talent to the District with exceptional budgeting skills, unique cost recovery models for recreation programs, partnerships, and community outreach.  His experiences as Recreation Division Manager for Redmond, Washington, Recreation Superintendent for the City of Moses Lake, Washington, and Recreation Coordinator for the City of Flagstaff, Arizona has enabled him to develop a well-rounded background and passion for the Parks and Recreation profession.

Mark was selected after a nationwide search.

Park District President, Greg Davis “I am pleased to share that Mark Hickok has accepted our offer for the District Director position!”


Hood River Parks and Recreation District is hiring!

Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District

Job Announcement

District Director of Parks and Recreation

Closing date August 11, 2016, 5pm



The Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District is seeking a dynamic, seasoned professional to lead the Parks and Recreation District. This is an exciting executive leadership opportunity.


Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District is located in Hood River County, 60 miles east of Portland, Oregon.  The District is in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic area and includes Mount Hood and its National Forest.  The area is world-renowned for its beauty and outdoor recreation.  It is among the top-ranked areas in the world for windsurfing, kiteboarding and sailing.  Mount Hood is one of the few mountains to offer year round opportunities for the snow enthusiast. Other outdoor recreationalists enjoy kayaking, cycling, mountain biking, hiking and much more.   The area is routinely recognized for its outstanding recreation, quality of life, fine restaurants, breweries and wineries as well as family friendly amenities. The Park District is within easy driving distance of major national parks, the Pacific Ocean, the Cascade and Olympic Mountain Ranges, and the urban centers of Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington.


The Park District operates under a 5 member board of Directors elected for staggered 4 year terms.  The Parks and Recreation Director reports directly to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the direction, administration, and management of the District’s aquatic center, parks, recreation, and business operations.


Desirable Qualifications

The District is looking for an individual with strong leadership skills who has significant experience working in parks and recreation; preferably a special district. Successful candidates will have a bachelor’s degree (preferably in parks, recreation, or administration), and at least 5 years progressively responsible management experience. A master’s degree and Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) certification is an advantage as well as knowledge and experience with Oregon’s unique land use laws and Aquatic facility operations.


Priorities of the new Director

  • Update the Parks and Recreation Master plan and Capital Improvement Plan that includes an update of the System Development Charges methodology.
  • Develop Golden Eagle Park with School District and County MOU’s
  • Explore the feasibility of expanding the Aquatic Center
  • Maintain essential partnership with the Public Schools district, Port of Hood River, City of Hood River and the County.
  • Develop master plan for Barrett Park
  • Pursue stable source of funding for ongoing maintenance and cost tracking accounting





Constrained resources require new approaches and alternative funding models.  The time may be right to explore a Parks District operations and maintenance levy.



The business of parks and recreation has become increasingly more complex with fluctuations in the economy, rising operating and maintenance costs, increases in the state minimum wage, aging infrastructure and shifts in societal demands.

As backyards shrink and people (and their pets) look for more places to gather, find solitude and recreate, our parks become even more essential to communities.

Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District faces the challenge of balancing the public’s enjoyment of natural resources with the conservation of these assets, and finding the optimum mix of land acquisition, development, preventative and proactive maintenance.


The Ideal Candidate

For this important role the District seeks an experienced, unifying leader who is deeply committed to the success of the District and is a strategic big-picture thinker. The ideal candidate will have a passion for public service and will lead by example to gain the confidence of the public and staff. Integrity that aligns with the District’s organizational values is essential and the desire and capability to lead a team in implementing innovative operations and programs.


The preferred candidate will have experience and demonstrated success in the following areas:


  • Visionary and strategic leadership.
  • Customer service and the ability to mentor, coach and direct the work of staff.
  • Thorough knowledge of the objectives and ideals of public recreation, including a comprehensive understanding of the diverse activities of a successful community recreation program.
  • Knowledge of available outdoor recreation and related grants and other funding approaches to stretch District resources.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of park management associated with a special district in Oregon.
  • Ability to develop a creative strategy for maintaining high quality programs and services.
  • Cultural competency that enables effective working relationships in cross-cultural situations.
  • Successful planning, implementation and oversight of new park
  • Forming and maintaining public-private partnerships and knowledge of innovative funding approaches.
  • Integrity, honesty, compassion, courage, optimism, and good judgment – particularly in situations characterized by disagreement, conflict, tension, and uncertainty.
  • Creative problem solver, bringing fresh ideas and a progressive approach.


Total Compensation

Full-time position with an annual salary range as $75,000-$95,000; depending on qualifications and experience. The District offers a competitive benefit package including a stipend for family health and vision insurance, as well as vacation and sick leave. The district participates in an independent retirement system.



Application Process

Persons Interested in this position should submit the following information:

  • Cover letter
  • Salary history
  • Current resume
  • 3-5 references

If you have questions regarding this announcement, please call or e-mail Lori Stirn at 541-386-5720 or


This position will remain open until filled. In order to be considered for the first round of interviews please submit your application by the August 11th deadline.  E-mails are acceptable.  Send to


Selection timeline

  • July 21st, 2016: Job announcement posted
  • August 11th: closing date for applications
  • August 5-8: review of applications
  • August 18th -19th: interviews * tentative meet and greet.
  • August 29th -30: interviews if needed + final selection
    • Reference checks
  • September 26th: desired start date