Bend Urban Trails Plan

Bend Urban Trails Plan

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Urban Trail Map (download pdf)

Deschutes River Trail Map (download pdf)

The Bend Urban Area Trail System was jointly developed by the Bend Park & Recreation District and the City of Bend. Bend’s extensive trail system is the result of decades of strategic planning and extensive public involvement efforts.

In June 1995, the original Bend Urban Trails Plan was published. This plan inventoried 44 miles of trail opportunities within the Urban Growth Boundary. The Plan called for an integrated system of trails connecting Bend neighborhoods to parks, schools and other major destinations. In the plan, 36 miles were identified as “primary trails” and 8 miles were identified as “secondary” or “neighborhood connector” routes. In 1995, only 18.5 miles of the proposed trail system was in public ownership and the remainder was on private lands or not secured for public use. Since 1995, the District, City and citizens have worked hard to secure and develop many of the sections of trail identified in the plan and approximately 65 miles are now open for public use.

The 1999 the Bend Riverway Trail Study identified a community vision for trails both along the banks of the Deschutes River and within the river. In September 2002, both the District and the City adopted the Deschutes River Trail Action Plan, developed to direct implementation of the Bend Riverway Trail vision. Making progress in trail acquisition and development continues to be high on the District’s list of priorities.

In 2002, the District signed joint use agreements with the Central Oregon and Tumalo Irrigation Districts that allow for public access to the canal “ditch rider” roads identified as primary routes in the trail plan. In January 2003 the District revised its park System Development Charge methodology to allow for the funding of new trail development. In 2004, a trails agreement was signed with the Bureau of Reclamation that opened the door for public use of some of the ditch rider roads along the North Unit Canal.

The 2005 BPRD Park, Recreation and Green Spaces Comprehensive Plan inventoried 48 miles of currently existing trails and park pathways. A District-wide trails master planning effort took place in 2007 that resulted in the adoption of a 2008 BPRD Trails Master Plan. That plan identified a total of 97 miles of existing and planned primary and connector trails throughout the district.  The Trails Master Plan will be revised as part of the effort to completely re-write the BPRD Comprehensive Plan which is anticipated to begin in July 2016.

While the vision for the Bend Urban Trail system is not yet fully realized, significant progress has been made in the development of trails since 1995. BPRD will continue to work with the City and citizens to fulfill the community’s vision for trail networks in Bend.