CANNON BEACH — Ecola State Park is closed until work crews can address a sinkhole that opened up on the entrance road following days of heavy rain on the North Coast.

Cannon Beach Emergency Manager Rick Hudson announced the closure in a city email alert Friday afternoon. A brief notice on the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department’s website states that “crews will begin repairs as soon as it is safe to do so.”

Washouts and other road issues have been common at the popular park over the years as winter storms activate slide areas or aggravate older problems along Ecola Park Road. The road, which provides access to the Ecola Point recreation area and Indian Beach, is the only way for the public to access the park by vehicle.

The park closed for a prolonged period at the start of the coronavirus pandemic last year after a landslide damaged the entrance road and a portion of a hiking trail below.