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First Street Rapids Park

Deschutes River Trail & Park Projects:
First Street Rapids Park
BPRD Project Phase 4 graphic

Overview:  Development projects may include pathways, restrooms, picnic areas and improved access within the park. In addition, a vegetation restoration plan is underway to mitigate construction impacts from the bridge placement.

Current Update: Design and engineering is being finalized for the east side route to the new bridge and for other park improvements.  Permitting for improvements on the east side of the river is expected to proceed this winter. A construction contract has been awarded for the accessible trail connection on the west side of the river.  Construction has started for the west side trail connection only. 

  • Improvements to the park will include the addition of a sidewalk from the end of NW 1st Street to the trailhead, re-grading the path from the trailhead to the Deschutes River Trail, constructing curbs at the same height as the path, and adding fine crushed gravel to the path. Our goal is to make the path accessible for all park users.

  • BPRD expects construction to begin in late September and continue through late December. During construction, parking at the trailhead will be limited and the path from the trailhead to the Deschutes River Trail will be closed. Path users will be rerouted along the Tumalo Irrigation District access road.

Background: Development of the eastside of First Street Rapids Park will allow the community to take full advantage of the park resources surrounding First Street Rapids and come close to completing all parks located along the Deschutes River. The eastside of First Street Rapids Park development has also been a priority of the board because of the First Street Rapids pedestrian bridge.

River parks provide a community-wide benefit by providing for wildlife habitat and offer recreation opportunities for residents and our visitors.

Watch a timelapse of the First Street Rapids / Deschutes River Trail Bridge installation: