In June of 2001 my father and best friend past away at the age of 69 at a family retreat in Chama N.M. after spending an entire week doing what he loved the most in this world," Being with his Family". 6 years later in Nov. of 2007 I lost my amazing mother(age 69) to a tough 6 month battle with cancer. As many people will say they had the greatest parents in the world...! I truly would not have been who I am today without the incredible character of my parents, LOVE FAMILY, HONESTY, SUPPORT... is just a small portion of who they are. After their passing I wanted to find a way to show the world the type of people they were and dedicate something to their memory. In 2012 I found the perfect opportunity.. with a little luck and the right attitude I found a way. In the 1950's the US Army Corps of Engineers built the John Day Dam on the Columbia river and as part of the agreement with the local and state community they opened multiple campgrounds throughout the area. One such campground is a little oasis approx. 3 miles up the John day river that is only accessible by boat and is one of the rarest campgrounds in the Northwest "Philippi Park". In the early 1980's my parents started taking our family with my brother and 2 sisters and since that time this location has served as a yearly destination and responsible for incredible memories that continue today and has past on to my children and now grandchildren. We receive over 10,000 visitors during the summer from families all over the country. Camping ,Fishing, hiking, skiing, swimming dock, Memories.... In 2012 due to funding shortages the USACE ran short of funding and decided to cut the funding for this park and closed it permanently. It then became our mission to negotiate a contract with the USACE and find a way to reopen it and then find ways to fund it for the next 50 years.!! We need your help to keep this incredible Landmark of memories alive and well. Established in Oregon in 2015. Darrell McSmith started the Opal Foundation in memory of his late parents, Paul and Oppie McSmith. Opal Foundation believes that developing parks and recreational areas can improve quality of life, attract visitors and businesses and help grow local economies. Our mission is to support recreational entities such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, state and county parks, and private recreation sites, to ensure that our beloved parks and campgrounds stay open. We seek to provide access to America’s most beautiful areas for the continued enjoyment of campers, hikers, boaters, anglers, and those who simply love nature. 100% of all proceeds go directly to the upkeep and longevity of the park !