Big Sky Park

Project Phase: Planning

Project Overview:

Big Sky Park currently has baseball, softball and multi-purpose sports fields, a playground and a privately run BMX track. An updated master plan calls for a wider range of recreational opportunities while also improving safety, increasing accessibility and adapting to changing recreational needs.

Plans include a new entrance/exit that will serve as shared access for the park and Buckingham Elementary School, additional parking for 150-200 vehicles, and improved pedestrian circulation and safety.

A new bike park for beginners to professional riders will use the undeveloped areas to the west and north of the existing sports complex and will offer family trails, cross country trails, cyclocross courses, a slopestyle terrain park, dirt jumps, pump tracks and kids bike play/learning areas.

Location: Located at the corner of Hamby and Neff Roads at 21690 NE Neff Rd.

Total Funding Allocation (estimate): $2.9 million

Funding Source: Property Taxes and System Development Charges

Estimated Completion: 2019

Additional Information: For more information on Big Sky Park, please contact Perry Brooks at (541) 706-6152 or send an email to perry@bendparksandrec.org.

Fall 2003- Last master plan update

May-July 2016- BPRD staff completes an internal audit to discover opportunities and constraints at the park.

June 2016- BPRD staff meets with Bend-LaPine School District staff to discuss the new entrance on Hamby Rd.

November 2016- Two roundtable meetings with current user groups to discuss park usage

January 2017- Open house with neighbors

February 2017- BPRD Board approves Master Plan

July 2017 – Big Sky Park Open House

December 2017 – Big Sky Park Open House

January 2018 – Big Sky Park Open House

February 2018 – Big Sky Open House

February 2018 – Board of Directors update presentation

What is planned for the next phase of development at Big Sky Park?

We are very excited to enhance use at Big Sky Park and updating the Master Plan after 15 years created an opportunity to revisit activities and needs in our community. There are three primary benefits to the plan.

  1. Improved traffic flow and parking
    • New point of access and exit to Hamby Road that will serve as a common access for the park and Buckingham Elementary School.
    • Additional parking for 300-350 vehicles with the appropriate infrastructure to adequately support the existing and new parking.
  1. An off-road cycling facility
    • Pump track (s)
    • Dual slalom course
    • Cyclocross and single track trails
    • Bike trials area
    • Bike safety training area
    • Children’s skill area
    • Operations and Maintenance manual for the bike park
    • Approximately .5-1 acre area for electric-powered radio-controlled (RC) cars
  1. Nature education and school partnership
    • New trail connection to Buckingham School
    • An informal outdoor education area (Naturehood) that is approximately .75-1.5 acres.

Will the sports fields change with this development?

No, the sports fields will remain the same. There may be some infield changes to Field #3 to increase playability.

Will there be lighting added at Big Sky?

Not at this time, but there might be field lighting in the future.

Will the proposed entrance and addition parking help with the traffic congestion?

It is anticipated that the new entrance from Hamby Rd. and the additional parking will ease congestion for park visitors and improve safety where pedestrians and vehicles are sharing spaces.

Will there be bike races with the development of the bike park?

There may be bike races with the development of the bike park. Cyclocross racing promoters are excited about having more bike races in Bend. Depending on the development of the rest of the bike features, there may be other types of races. Any future organized activities will be planned and communicated in advance to ensure the park is a good neighbor.

How will the bike park be maintained?

BPRD maintenance staff will handle the day-to-day maintenance of the bike park along with responsibility for the rest of the park.

Will the BMX course change?

High Desert BMX, who runs and maintains the facility, would like to reorient the track and add some features. This is early in the planning stages.

Will there be permanent amplified sound?

Based in part on the concerns raised by some attendees at recent open house meetings, the District is not seeking permanent amplified sound as part of the permit submitted to Deschutes County. The current and future use at Big Sky Park can be enjoyed without amplified sound and we hope this puts at ease some concerns about the next phase of the park’s development.

Site Plan

Big Sky Park Site Plan

Bike Park rendering

Bike Park Rendering

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Fall 2003- Last master plan update

May-July 2016- BPRD staff completes an internal audit to discover opportunities and constraints at the park.

June 2016- BPRD staff meets with Bend-LaPine School District staff to discuss the new entrance on Hamby Rd.

November 2016- Two roundtable meetings with current user groups to discuss park usage

January 2017- Open house with neighbors

February 2017- BPRD Board approves Master Plan

July 2017 – Big Sky Park Open House

What is planned for the next phase of development at Big Sky Park?

We are very excited to enhance use at Big Sky Park and updating the Master Plan after 15 years created an opportunity to revisit activities and needs in our community. There are three primary benefits to the plan.

  1. Improved traffic flow and parking
    • New point of access and exit to Hamby Road that will serve as a common access for the park and Buckingham Elementary School.
    • Additional parking for 300-350 vehicles with the appropriate infrastructure to adequately support the existing and new parking.
  1. An off-road cycling facility
    • Pump track (s)
    • Dual slalom course
    • Cyclocross and single track trails
    • Bike trials area
    • Bike safety training area
    • Children’s skill area
    • Operations and Maintenance manual for the bike park
    • Approximately .5-1 acre area for electric-powered radio-controlled (RC) cars
  1. Nature education and school partnership
    • New trail connection to Buckingham School
    • An informal outdoor education area (Naturehood) that is approximately .75-1.5 acres.

Will the sports fields change with this development?

No, the sports fields will remain the same. There may be some infield changes to Field #3 to increase playability.

Will there be lighting added at Big Sky?

Not at this time, but there might be field lighting in the future.

Will the proposed entrance and addition parking help with the traffic congestion?

It is anticipated that the new entrance from Hamby Rd. and the additional parking will ease congestion for park visitors and improve safety where pedestrians and vehicles are sharing spaces.

Will there be bike races with the development of the bike park?

There may be bike races with the development of the bike park. Cyclocross racing promoters are excited about having more bike races in Bend. Depending on the development of the rest of the bike features, there may be other types of races. Any future organized activities will be planned and communicated in advance to ensure the park is a good neighbor.

How will the bike park be maintained?

BPRD maintenance staff will handle the day-to-day maintenance of the bike park along with responsibility for the rest of the park.

Will the BMX course change?

High Desert BMX, who runs and maintains the facility, would like to reorient the track and add some features. This is early in the planning stages.

Will there be permanent amplified sound?

High Desert BMX has requested permanent amplified equipment that can be used during races. This will be considered with future land use processes. There was a sound study conducted recently and it concluded there could be amplified sound with mitigation solutions to lessen impact on nearby residents.

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