Budget Committee Volunteer Needed





For Immediate release:

Parks District Seeks Budget Committee Volunteer


The Hood River Valley Parks & Recreation District (HRVPRD) is soliciting volunteers for its budget committee. The budget committee is appointed by the HRVPRD Board to serve a three year term and will meet at least three times in 2018 (April 11th, May 9th, & May 16th). The budget committee is responsible for reviewing the parks district’s proposed budget, making recommendations, and adopting the next year’s budget.


Interested persons should contact district director Mark Hickok at mark@hoodriverparksandrec.org. Please Include your name and address and answer the following questions:


What qualifications make you an ideal candidate for the budget committee? Why are you interested in serving on the budget committee? Please submit interest email by March 15 at 5:00pm.



For Information Contact: Mark Hickok, District Director, 541-386-5720 mark@hoodriverparksandrec.org



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: www.hoodriverparksandrec.org.


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
website: http://www.hoodrivervalleyparksandrec.org

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!”