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Community Events

The district offers several community events each year including our Old Fashioned July 4th Festival and Pet Parade and the new community favorite, Discover Nature Day.

4th of July pet parade dog walkersOld Fashioned July 4th Festival & Pet Parade:
Downtown Bend & Drake Park

parademap.jpgIf you are looking for a special way to celebrate July 4th, start the day with Bend's most historical event, the Pet Parade, where children of all ages bring their special pet (we've seen dogs - large & small, llamas, horses, lizards, goats, and lots of stuffed animals) to parade through downtown Bend. Sponsored by Bend Pet Express, it's one of the most unique parades you'll ever see!

Decorating and lineup start at 9:30am and the parade begins at 10am.

For more details, visit the Pet Parade page.

After the parade join the rest of the community for our traditional event in Drake Park. The Old Fashioned July 4th Festival goes from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. You'll find craft and food booths, old fashioned games like three legged races, watermelon eating and water balloon contests as well as wonderful live entertainment. The festival is sponsored by BendBroadband.

For festival schedule and details, visit the July 4th Festival page.

Do you want to be a vendor? Click here for information.

3golf04.jpgGopherBroke.jpgGopher Broke Scramble:
September 12, 2014


The annual “Gopher Broke Scramble” ~ Bend’s Own Caddyshack for Kid’s Sake fundraiser. Held at a local golf course with a 12:30 pm start, this fun-filled event is a four-person scramble that includes 18 holes of golf and a happy hour & hors d'œuvre awards presentation. The money raised in the tournament is used for creating a scholarship endowment fund to help provide families in our district the opportunity to participate in our recreation programs. In the past year the Scholarship fund has been used to award over $100,000 to families in need. We still have room for a couple more teams so sign up today!

Players and sponsors are needed for the 2014 event!

For more information contact Sue Boettner at (541) 706-6125, or email her at



Presented by the Deschutes Children ’s Forest partners

FREE! Discover Nature Day!

Arbor Week Tree Planting & More!

Who knew getting dirty could be so much fun!!!

Traditionally the first Saturday in April
9:30 am - 1:30 pm
at Shevlin Park
Grades: K - 8 & parent

Bring your family and friends to learn about the fun adventures you can have exploring in the out of doors.

Along with Bend Park & Recreation District’s annual Arbor Week Community Tree Planting (supported by The Newport Avenue Market), join the High Desert Museum, Upper Deschutes Watershed Council, the Forest Service and others to do some bird watching, looking for animal scat and tracking, exploring along the stream and more!

Arbor Week Tree Planting:

For more than thirty years, Arbor Week has recognized the contribution trees make in our community whether providing shade on a hot day, offering wildlife habitat or cleaning the air we breathe. Families, youth groups and individuals are invited to plant Ponderosa Pine seedlings in the park. Participants may arrive and plant at any time during the event and will receive a brief interpretative presentation, pine seedlings to plant and help planting.

Last year, approximately 245 community members volunteered 360 hours of time, over three days, planting 2,700 trees in the park’s burn area. This year, Eric Denzler, BPRD Outdoor Program Coordinator, anticipates planting 1200 trees in a single day.

Participants should wear sturdy boots, long pants and clothing appropriate for changing spring weather. Bring gloves and a garden spade if possible. For more details on equipment, clothing, etc, please contact Eric at (541) 706-6116 or

For more information on Discover Nature Day and the Deschutes Children's Forest, visit

Volunteers are needed to make these events happen!