Mirror Pond Project

Mirror Pond in fall

Mirror Pond Project

Project details at the Mirror Pond Project website: www.mirrorpondbend.com

Meetings & Other News:

Mirror Pond Ad Hoc Committee: the committee’s last meeting was on April 23, 2015. View meeting agenda

Current Update: Public outreach for the Mirror Pond and Downtown Redevelopment Concept closed at the end of January.  The results of the questionnaire are currently posted on the project website (www.mirrorpondbend.com) along with information from the public meetings. Both the Bend Parks and Recreation Board and City Council approved moving forward with further technical investigation and design detail in order to address questions related to the proposed vision.

Visit the Mirror Pond website at www.mirrorpondbend.com to read about the project and view images. Note: The questionnaire and public input period closed on Saturday, January 31st.

For more information on the Mirror Pond Project, visit www.mirrorpondbend.com

Mirror Pond aerial photos of silt from 2000, 2006, 2012

Overview: As a major property owner along Mirror Pond and advocate of Deschutes River recreation opportunities in Bend, the district is closely involved in developing possible solutions to the silt build-up in Mirror Pond.

The district’s involvement includes participation on the Mirror Pond Management Committee and project management.

Launched in early 2013, the project includes three phases. The first phase measured citizen values associated with the river and pond. The results helped direct four alternative solutions to the build-up. During the second phase, the community shared their thoughts on the four alternatives. The results were presented at a joint Bend City Council and Bend Park & Recreation District Board of Directors meeting where it was decided to establish an ad-hoc committee to help identify a preferred alternative for the future of Mirror Pond.

Additional conversations with Mirror Pond dam owner, Pacific Power, and other stakeholders are in progress and may allow a positive combination of options in the final preferred alternative. Look for more public meetings and input opportunities.

Current Update: Discussions with PacifiCorp regarding ownership of the dam continue.Work continues through the Mirror Pond Ad Hoc Committee towards a final preferred alternative including in depth conversations with key stakeholders and targeted research into legal and permitting issues associated with possible actions.

Additional Information: For more information, please visit the Mirror Pond Project website at www.mirrorpondbend.com. The site contains project details, history, schedule, leadership, current happenings and frequently asked questions.

For additional information on Mirror Pond, please contact Jim Figurski, Landscape Architect/Project Manager, jim@bendparksandrec.org or (541) 706-6152.