Deschutes River Trail & Park Projects:
First Street Rapids Park
Overview: Bond-funded 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: The board approved a master plan for future improvements to the park at the March 18 meeting. Design and engineering is being finalized for the east and west side routes to the new bridge and for other park improvements.
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 newly installed 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: