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Recreational Immunity In Oregon

What is the recreational immunity issue in Oregon?

Phil Forve, Board Member from McMinnville OR, explains.

A woman falls in Newport, and Oregon Parks close

It is hard to believe, but it is true that a woman walking her dogs to the beach in Newport Oregon slipped and fell on the access trail, broke her leg, and sued the City for damages.  The initial trial court said that Oregon Recreational Immunity protected the City of Newport, but an Appeals Court disagreed and awarded damages to the plaintiff. The Supreme Court of Oregon did not take up the case.  The issue at stake was not where the woman was when she fell, but what she intended to do.

Now, some months later, parks and trails in Oregon are closing because they are being told they do not have immunity from such accidents.  This is an issue that brought over 70 Oregonians from all over the state to Salem on Monday, February 12, to ask the legislature to restore Recreational Immunity in the state of Oregon.  A number of us had a great conversation with Representative Lucetta Elmer who indicated her support for SB-1576-3, a bill that will put in a temporary fix to the problem so that a long term solution can be hammered out in the longer session in 2025.

Access to outdoor recreation in Oregon is a bipartisan issue that we can all agree on!  I found it very interesting to visit the Capitol building, currently under massive earthquake resilience  retrofitting, and see our legislative process in action.  Please write or call your representative to voice support for SB1576-3.  They will listen!

Representative Lucetta Elmer​

Republican  - District 24

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1424

Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-374, Salem, Oregon 97301


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Gov. Tina Kotek signed a new bill March 29 protecting public landowners from lawsuits over recreational incidents, but proponents caution it is just a temporary fix for a larger issue.


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