District Comprehensive Plan

District Comprehensive Plan


The District’s Comprehensive Plan is a tool used by park planners and the Board of Directors to plan for growth in park, trail, facility and recreation program demands. Based on input from the community, the plan helps guide the future of District over a ten-year time frame.

The District created its first comprehensive plan in 1980 which was subsequently reviewed and revised in 1986, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2005 and 2012. The District will begin a complete rewrite of the Comprehensive Plan beginning in 2016 and extending into late 2017.

The current version of the Comprehensive Plan can be viewed via this link:

2012 Comprehensive Plan Update (Note: 4 MB)


What does the Comprehensive Plan address?
The Plan primarily addresses the indoor and outdoor recreation needs of the District now, and into the future. A few examples of topics addressed are:  How many neighborhood and community parks are needed?  Where should they be located? How many sports fields are required and for which type of sports? What is the future need for trails? Are the District’s indoor facilities meeting the needs of District residents? What is the population forecast for Bend?

Does the Comprehensive Plan include community trail planning?
Yes, since 1995 the Comprehensive Plan has incorporated the Bend Urban Trails Plan. The 2005 Comprehensive Plan also incorporated the Deschutes River Trail Action Plan, jointly adopted by the District and the City of Bend. In 2008 the District adopted its own Trails Master Plan that includes an inventory of existing facilities and identifies the future need for additional trails.

How are District development projects funded?
Most of the needs identified in the Comprehensive Plan are development projects designed to meet existing and/or future community needs. Many of these projects are a requisite of community growth and will be funded with System Development Charges (SDC). SDCs are fees paid when new homes are constructed. These fees can only be used to provide future park and facility capacity to meet the needs of a growing population. Projects not eligible for SDC funding can utilize tax dollars and alternative funding sources. Larger projects may require future bonding support approved by voters in a general election.

How are citizens involved in the comprehensive planning process?
The Comprehensive Plan reflects the needs of the community and therefore the District collects extensive public input while writing the plan. For example, in the last full rewrite of the plan the District hosted ten focus group meetings involving over 150 people, held three community-wide meetings, mailed a survey to 1,500 households, and opened a public comment period to evaluate the plan.  Public input will also be a major component of the upcoming rewrite of the Comprehensive Plan.


For more information on the Comprehensive Plan and how it may affect future park and recreation facility development in your neighborhood, please contact Michelle Healy, Director of Planning & Park Services, at (541)706-6113 or email at michelleh@bendparksandrec.org.