Larkspur Community Center

Project Overview:
The Larkspur Community Center will welcome people of all ages and abilities while continuing the legacy of the Bend Senior Center and further enhancing programs and opportunities for older adults.

Designed to be a gathering place for all, this newly expanded facility will include approximately 34,000 square feet of additional space and offer a multitude of opportunities to enhance lifelong fitness, learning and enrichment.

  • A 5,000 square foot warm-water lifestyle pool with current channel and spa
  • A 6,000 square foot fitness center and functional fitness space
  • An indoor walk/jog track with 14 laps to a mile
  • Group Exercise and Mind and Body rooms
  • Locker rooms and private changing rooms
  • Lounge and café area
  • Outdoor patios and spaces
  • New and expanded parking with entrances off of 15th and Reed Market

Current Update: The project is in the design and program refinement phase.

Timeline: Construction in 2018-2020

Location: 1600 SE Reed Market Road

Total Funding Allocation (estimate): $21.4 million

Contact: For more information about the Larkspur Center project, please call Julie Brown at (541) 706-6119 or email julie@bendparksandrec.org.

Key Project Milestones:
March – June 2011: Vision and Planning Committee work
December 2012 – March 2013: Master Plan Committee work
May – August 2015: Minor renovations completed
June 2016: Board adopts Capital Improvement Plan with Larkspur Center project
August 2016: Board approves design contract for the project
September 2016 – December 2017: Building and site design
2018-2020: Construction

Info Sessions at Bend Senior Center:
June 27, 2017  – completed
Aug. 17, 2016   – completed
Aug. 23, 2016  – completed
Jan. 30, 2017   – completed

The following information can answer questions about the expansion project and the program offerings planned for Larkspur Community Center.

What is planned for the Larkspur Community Center?

The 34,000 square foot expansion, connected to the existing facility, includes:

  • A 5,000 square foot warm-water lifestyle pool with current channel and spa
  • A 6,000 square foot fitness center and functional fitness space
  • An indoor walk/jog track with 14 laps to a mile
  • Group Exercise and Mind and Body rooms
  • Locker rooms and private changing rooms
  • Lounge and café area
  • Outdoor patios and spaces
  • New and expanded parking with entrances off of 15th and Reed Market

In the existing facility:

  • The existing small fitness room will be expanded and become a multipurpose space, especially for senior exercise classes.
  • Ceilings, lighting and flooring will be updated in many spaces not updated in recent years.
  • Mechanical systems will be updated.

How will the Larkspur Community Center serve the community?

It will welcome people of all ages and abilities while continuing the legacy of the Bend Senior Center and further enhancing programs and opportunities for older adults.

Why is the name changed to Larkspur Community Center?

The Larkspur Community Center name refers to the entire facility including the existing Bend Senior Center and the new multigenerational expansion. Larkspur was selected because it is consistent with the park and the trail surrounding the facility.

Will Larkspur Community Center focus on seniors?

The Larkspur Community Center expansion will serve growing demographics across all sectors and age groups of the community. The facility is being designed to be especially responsive to the growth of older adults and seniors who will have a variety of interests and desires for fitness, social and wellness activities.  The existing Bend Senior Center will continue to primarily serve seniors as it has for the past 17 years.

How will the District continue serving the more traditional senior needs?

The Bend Senior Center will continue to be a hub for the Meals on Wheels program, offer AARP, Medicare and social security info sessions, host weekly lunches and social dances, the Health and Wellness Fair, Lunch and Learns, and other services that are relied upon. Social activities such as cards and games, billiards, knitting, crafts, movies and much more will continue.

Some dedicated senior fitness classes will remain in the improved Bend Senior Center spaces.  Other fitness programs will relocate to the two new fitness rooms in the Larkspur Expansion to take advantage of these specifically designed spaces.

How will schedules accommodate older adults and all ages?

We are planning for how classes and programs will complement and not conflict. There are days and times of the day to accommodate schedules effectively. We will continue to offer classes specifically designed to meet the different interests, needs and abilities of the multigenerational senior population.

We are confident that most older adults will feel comfortable in the new Larkspur Center expansion, but for those who are not, the existing Bend Senior Center will remain a familiar option.

How is traffic and parking being planned for?

A new access point from 15th Street will provide multiple entrances and improved circulation. The building will feature three entrances, including east and west entries into the expansion as well as the preservation of the covered drop-off and pick-up access to the Bend Senior Center.  As part of the project, there will be traffic studies to determine the best way to accommodate additional parking planned for the west and south of the building. We are also in discussion with CET about bus routes that may come through the parking area to make it easier to access public transportation.

How is the pool going to be used differently than at Juniper Swim & Fitness Center?

The aquatic facility at Larkspur Community Center will be a leisure-lifestyle pool not suitable for higher intensity lap swimming, water exercise classes or competitive activities. Water temperatures will be between 86-88 degrees Fahrenheit, providing comfortable conditions for a wide range of activities including low/moderate intensity water exercise, arthritis, back rehabilitation and other therapeutic aquatic programs, youth and adult swim lessons and recreation swimming.

The pool will include a current channel that doubles as a great water exercise feature and a fun activity during recreation times.   An adjacent hot tub and several hydrotherapy benches in the pool provide relaxation and therapeutic opportunities.   A platform lift, pool lift and multiple stairs ensure easy water entry and exit.

There will be times that activities in the pool will be very senior focused and others that will serve a broader adult population.  Fun recreation experiences for families will offered as well but not at the same time as the senior programmed times.

Are seniors going to work out in the new area or will there be fitness programs in the existing space too?

Our plans include adding new exercise and fitness spaces, and remodeling some of the existing spaces within the current Bend Senior Center to expand capacity and increase possible uses. Some dedicated senior fitness classes will remain in the improved Bend Senior Center spaces.  Other fitness programs will relocate to the two new fitness rooms in the Larkspur Expansion to take advantage of these specifically designed spaces.

Will taxes go up to pay for this project?

No. The District has been saving money for the past few years for the project and will finance the remaining portion of the project.  The financed portion will be repaid over time through existing general fund resources.  This was how the Juniper Swim & Fitness Center renovation was paid for in 2006.