Riley Ranch Project History

Riley Ranch lava flow and river canyon

Riley Ranch Nature Reserve Project History Updates

March – April 2015 Update: Preparation of permits for the development of phase one improvements for RRNR continues.  Site specific design necessary to support the permit application is also in process.  It is expected that a permit will be submitted to the County in May 2015.    

January – February 2015 Update: Preparation of permits for the development of phase one improvements for RRNR continues. Site specific design necessary to support the permit application is also in process. It is expected that a permit will be submitted to the County by May 2015.

December 2014 Update: Preparation of permits for the development of phase 1 of the master plan for Riley Ranch Nature Reserve continues.  Once permits have been submitted, work on construction drawings will commence. Staff is negotiating a contract amendment for the preparation of construction documents with the consultants and that will be presented to the Board for approval when completed. Development of the maintenance trail and bridge across the Deschutes River linking to RRNR is included in the RRNR Master Plan and its development is proceeding concurrently with the park design and permitting.

November 2014 Update: The Board approved the RRNR Master Plan and Phase I Plan on November 18, 2014.  Staff is currently negotiating a contract for preparation of construction documents (CDs).  The contract is anticipated to come before the Board in December.  Once the initial design is complete, a subsequent contract for the remainder of construction services will be brought to the Board for approval.
Development of the maintenance/trail bridge across the Deschutes River linking to RRNR is included in the RRNR draft master plan and its development is proceeding concurrently with the park permitting. 

October 2014 Update: A project update meeting with the neighbors surrounding RRNR was held on October 6. A public meeting to review the draft master plan and general project information was held on October 9 at the District Office with about 65 people attending. Staff and the consultant team have begun the conditional use permit process with Deschutes County.  A preliminary traffic study has been completed based on the proposed Master Plan. The Board will consider approval of the Master Plan on November 18.

Development of the maintenance/trail bridge across the Deschutes River linking to RRNR is included in the RRNR draft master plan and its development is proceeding concurrently with the park permitting. 

September 2014 Update:
A public meeting to review the draft master plan and general project information is scheduled for October 9 at the District Office.  Additional project information will be posted on the District’s website for review by people unable to attend the public meeting.  A project update meeting with the direct neighbors surrounding the park is also scheduled for October 6.  Following the public meetings, the District will begin the Conditional Use Permit process with Deschutes County in October. 

Development of the maintenance/trail bridge across the Deschutes River linking to RRNR is included in the RRNR draft master plan and its development will proceed concurrently with the park permitting.

August 2014 Update: The Citizen’s Advisory Committee (CAC) met on August 19 to review the master plan and Phase I construction plan. A public meeting to review the draft master plan and general project information is scheduled for October 9.  Staff and the consultants will begin the Conditional Use Permit process for Riley Ranch in September. 

RRNR Bridge: A preliminary design, cost estimate and project schedule have been completed. It is anticipated that the bridge will go through county permitting concurrent with the RRNR master plan. 

July 2014 Update: The Citizen’s Advisory Committee (CAC) met on June 13 to review two master plan alternatives and confirm policy recommendations made at the programming workshop.  A public meeting to review the draft master plan and general project information is expected in August (date and time to be determined).  For safety reasons, the Riley Ranch property remains closed to public access until the park is formally opened.
 
RRNR Bridge: Site survey and geotechnical borings required for the engineering and design of the proposed maintenance/emergency bridge to the property were completed in May. A preliminary design, cost estimate and project schedule have been completed. It is anticipated that the bridge will go through County permitting concurrent with the RRNR.  Staff will share information about the bridge design at the August 19 board meeting.

June 2014 Update: The Citizen’s Advisory Committee (CAC) met on June 13 to review two master plan alternatives and confirm policy recommendations made at the programming workshop. A public meeting to review the draft master plan and general project information is expected in August (date and time to be determined). 

RRNR Bridge: Site survey and geotechnical borings required for the engineering and design of the proposed maintenance/emergency bridge to the property were completed in May. The bridge location is out of the flood plain and there are no wetlands in the immediate area which should expedite permitting. A preliminary design, cost estimate and project schedule have been completed. The bridge is estimated at $570,000 and could go out for bid in early August of this year. Construction could start as early as September of 2014 pending permit and land-owner approvals.

For safety reasons, the Riley Ranch property remains closed to public access until the park is formally opened.

May 2014 Update: The citizen’s advisory committee met on May 12 to review the draft management plan and help formulate a proposed development program. After a full day discussion the committee agreed upon a list of recommended elements for park development and the consultant team was charged with developing two master plan alternatives. The advisory committee will meet on June 13 to review the alternatives. A public meeting to review the draft master plan and general project information is expected in July (date and time to be determined).  Site survey and geotechnical borings required for the engineering and design of the proposed maintenance/emergency bridge to the property were also completed in May.

For safety reasons, the Riley Ranch property remains closed to public access until the park is formally opened.

April 2014 Update: A project advisory committee has been organized and is comprised of 11 members of the public with a wide variety of technical experience and a common commitment to regional planning initiatives. This committee will work with staff, agencies, and the consultant team to weigh the development impacts outlined in the draft management plan and help formulate a development program. This program will guide site master planning. The committee toured the RRNR site on April 25, and the workshop to develop the initial recreation program will be held on May 12. HDR, Inc. of Bend was awarded a contract to design a maintenance bridge to be located at the north end of the Riley Ranch site. HDR and staff met with County to review land use and permitting requirements associated with the bridge and will begin site evaluation by the end of the April and into May. For safety reasons, the Riley Ranch property remains closed to public access until the park is formally opened.  

March 2014 Update:
Staff has reviewed the draft Management Plan and is working with the consultant to address revisions to the plan. A project advisory committee is being organized to support the project planning and will be comprised of citizens at large (up to 3), staff, and subject matter experts. This committee will work with the consultant team to weigh the development impacts outlined in the management plan and help formulate a final development program. This program will guide site master planning and the lay out the infrastructure improvements.  It is expected the committee will meet in April and master planning will begin in May. HDR, Inc. of Bend has been awarded a contract to design a vehicular bridge to be located at the north end of the Riley Ranch site. For safety reasons, the Riley Ranch property remains closed to public access until the park is formally opened.

February 2014 Update:The consultant is working on a first draft of the Management Plan for the park development. The site master planning, which lays out the infrastructure improvements, should begin in April. For safety reasons, the Riley Ranch property remains closed to public access until the park is formally opened. To discourage unauthorized access to the property the district is investigating the installation of additional fencing.    

January 2014 Update:
Staff have reviewed preliminary reports and drawings from the consultant and provided direction for revisions. The consultant is working on making revisions to the preliminary drawings and reports. Work on the master plan should begin in February. Staff met in mid-January with the neighbors to the project site to discuss the project in general and to get an understanding of neighborhood concerns regarding project development. Their primary concerns included traffic on Glen Vista and security for the park.

November 2013 Update: District staff met on November 19 with the team of consultants led by ESA Vigil-Agrimis to review a draft program and goals for the project. The project manager then led the consultant team on a detailed walking tour of the Riley Ranch Nature Reserve site.  District staff and the consultants are currently engaged in putting together base maps and other background data for the project.  A first community open house is planned for early in the new year.

October 2013 Update: The Request for Proposals (RFP) for master planning and resource management services closed on September 20, 2013.  Seven proposals were submitted and four teams were selected for interviews from the initial submittals.  A team of consultants led by ESA Vigil-Agrimis was selected by the interview committee to enter into contract negotiations with the district. A contract will be presented to the Board on November 5.

September 2013 Update:The RFP for master planning and resource management services was closed on September 20, 2013. Seven proposals were received and will be evaluated on September 26. 2013. Interviews with short-listed firms will be held either the week of 9/30-10/04 or 10/14-10/18. It is expected that a contract for consultant services could be presented to the Board in early November.

August 2013 Update:
The temporary name for the project has been changed from the Gopher Gulch Site to the Riley Ranch Nature Reserve to more closely reflect the intent of future programs on site. The extended archaeological study for the newly acquired properties is nearing completion. An RFP for master planning and resource management services was advertised on August 20, 2013. The RFP period will close on September 20, 2013. A non-mandatory site tour was held on August 30, 2013 with 23 consultants in attendance. It is anticipated that the master plan and resource management plans could be complete this winter and that construction documents for an initial phase of development could be complete by spring of 2014 in order to possibly begin construction.

July 2013 Update: The original archaeological study has been extended to include additional properties to be acquired. A draft RFQ has been prepared to complete a Master Plan for the site and prepare construction documents for the first phase of construction. It is anticipated that the RFQ will be advertised in later August with proposals due in September.
 
June 2013 Update: All archaeological field work and background research for the Gopher Gulch project site has been completed and a preliminary report is available. The report is awaiting review and comment by tribal authorities. Topographic surveys and other related work are on hold until property acquisition negotiations are complete.
 
May 2013 Update: All archaeological field work and background research for the Gopher Gulch project site has been completed and the preliminary report should be available by early June. It appears that topographic information at a useable scale does not exist for the majority of the Gopher Gulch site. USGS maps only have information for this area at 25 and 100 foot contours and the existing LIDAR information used by the City (with 2 ft. contour intervals) is not available outside the UGB. It may be necessary to complete our own survey work on the site.
 
April 2013 Update: A preliminary archaeological study of the 122-acre parcel currently owned by BPRD will be conducted on May 11, 2013. Preliminary research with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) will be conducted prior to the field survey. This study will be extended to additional parcels as they are acquired. The preliminary report should be available by the end of May. Outreach to possible partner organizations and user groups (High Desert Museum, Deschutes Children’s Forest, etc.) have begun and will continue. Some of these groups may participate on a Citizen’s Advisory Committee through the Master Plan process.
 
March 2013 Update: A preliminary archaeological study of the 122-acre parcel currently owned by BPRD is anticipated to begin in early April of 2013. This study will be extended to additional parcels as they are acquired.
 
January 2013 Update: On December 18th the BPRD Board of Directors authorized Don Horton, Executive Director, to enter into a contract with an owner of land adjacent to Gopher Gulch Park. A contract has been let for a future acquisition.