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For Release: July 1, 2015

Tips for Pet Safety in Warm Temperatures at 4th of July Pet Parade

While tradition calls for fun at the 4th of July Pet Parade, precautions are necessary in temperatures forecasted to be over 90 degrees on the holiday. The parade host Bend Park & Recreation District and the Humane Society of Central Oregon want parade participants’ pets to remain healthy and safe in the warm temperature. Be prepared to adapt your parade plans. Some considerations include bringing a stuffed animal instead, using a wagon to pull your pet or, if needed, leaving the parade route if your pet demonstrates intolerance towards the heat.

“Warm weather can bring a danger to our pets that we do not always consider. Heat strokes are a common occurrence here in Central Oregon where we have numerous days above 90 degrees,” said Dr. Chad Moles, DVM, of Blue Sky Veterinary Clinic in Bend.

“Dogs’ main cooling mechanism is through respiration/panting and they do not handle heat as well as humans do.  Inadequate shade and/or hydration on a hot day can put even the healthiest pet at risk for overheating,” said Dr. Moles. Senior, obese, short muzzled dogs (Pugs, Bulldogs, Boxers, etc.) and long-haired breeds are discouraged in extreme heat.

Another concern in high temperatures is hot asphalt which can cause damage to paw pads. A recent asphalt temperature was 140 degrees with ambient temperature of 86 degrees.

Tips for keeping your pet comfortable at the Pet Parade include:

  • Before and after the parade, find a cool, shaded place to rest.
  • Do not arrive too early: staging begins at 9:00 am; the parade starts at 10:00 am.
  • Bring plenty of cool water for you and your pet. Water will be available at parade staging area and en route – just look for the orange flags.
  • Allow dogs to cool off in the water pools at the staging area.
  • Consider using booties to prevent paw injuries and tar from adhering to paw pads.
  • Get creative and place your pet in a shaded, decorated stroller or wagon to keep them off of the hot asphalt.
  • Watch for signs of your pet’s paw pads overheating or soreness - picking-up paws, seeking shade and avoiding walking by sitting or lying down.
  • Do not leave your pet in the car, not even for a minute.
  • Learn to recognize the signs of heat stroke: Faster, heavier panting; excessive thirst and/or drooling with hanging strands of saliva; whining or signs of agitation; decreased responsiveness; glassy eyes; increased pulse/ heartbeat; elevated body temperature and staggering, weakness, collapse, seizures and/or unconsciousness.
  • If your pet shows heat-related symptoms, immediately go to the First Aid booth at the staging area, a nearby shaded area or a dog-friendly business that may let your dog cool in the air conditioned store so you can assess your pet’s condition. Before, during and after the parade, Dr. Moles will be on site at the Information/First Aid booth and available to assist pets.

If you think your pet will be challenged by warm temperatures, BPRD and the Humane Society of Central Oregon encourage you to leave your pet at home.

Should you need any emergency veterinary services over the holiday weekend, the Animal Emergency of Central Oregon in Bend will be open 24 hours a day from 5:00 pm on Friday, July 3rd to 8:00 am on Monday, July 6th. The clinic’s phone number is (541) 385-9110.

For additional information on the Pet Parade, visit www.bendparksandrec.org or call Bend Park & Recreation District at (541) 389-7275.

For Release: May 13, 2015                     

Bend Senior Center to Celebrate National Senior Health & Fitness Day

Focusing on the health and wellness of older adults, the Bend Senior Center is celebrating the 22nd National Senior Health & Fitness Day on Wednesday, May 27th. More than 100,000 older adults throughout the U.S. participate in the day’s activities at over 1,000 community organizations committed to helping older Americans stay healthy and fit.

As part of the nationwide events, a free health resource fair will be hosted at the Bend Senior Center from 9:00 to 11:30 am. Visitors can take advantage of healthcare information, health screenings, nutritious food samples and community resources information.

The Bend Senior Center is located at 1600 SE Reed Market Rd. For additional information, call (541) 388-1133 or visit www.bendparksandrec.org.
 

Released: May 11, 2015

Local Kids Invited to Run, Jump & Throw at Bend Youth Track & Field Meet

Celebrating the spirit of track and field competition, the Bend Park & Recreation District is hosting the Bend Youth Track and Field Meet on Wednesday, May 27th at the Bend Senior High School track. Previously held as the Hershey’s Track and Field Games, the event is open to boys and girls born in 2001 through 2008 and free to all participants. The meet features 50, 100, 200 and 400 meter dashes, 800 and 1500 meter runs, the standing long jump and the turbo javelin. Held each spring for the past thirty-eight years, the event has hosted thousands of local children, even Olympic gold medal decathlete, Ashton Eaton.

Participants compete against their own gender in four age groups: 2001-2002, 2003-2004, 2005-2006 and 2007-2008. Competitors may pre-register at the BPRD office now through Tuesday, May 26th or register on-site at the event from 4:00 - 5:15 pm on May 27th. A birth certificate is required at the time of registration.

Field events (long jump and turbo javelin) begin at 4:00 pm and running events begin at 5:30 pm. Participants may compete in up to three different events of their choice and can combine field and running events. Track spikes and/or shoes designed for spikes are not allowed.

Adult and high school age volunteers are needed to help with event activities. To volunteer, contact Kim Johnson, BPRD Volunteer Coordinator at (541) 706-6127.

For event information, visit www.bendparksandrec.org or contact Rich Ekman, BPRD Sports Coordinator at (541) 706-6126.

For Release: April 27, 2015

Bend Senior Center Remodeling To Begin

Beginning today, Monday, April 27th, preparations are underway for modest remodeling work at the Bend Senior Center. Projects include re-purposing spaces, updating interior finishes and minor mechanical system improvements. Construction is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 4th and expected to continue through mid-June.

Affected spaces are on the south side of the building and include the computer room, the fitness center and the billards and game room. During the construction, billards and weight training will not be available. Visitors can expect some programs to be relocated in the facility but all other programs and activities will be held as regularly scheduled. For fitness center use, Bend Senior Center pass holders may use their pass for the fitness center at Juniper Swim & Fitness Center.

Owned and operated by Bend Park & Recreation District, the Bend Senior Center is located at 1600 SE Reed Market Rd, directly east of 15th Street. For additional information and schedules, visit www.bendparksandrec.org or call (541) 389-7275.

Released: April 23, 2015

Let’s Go Fishing with Bend Park & Recreation

Its spring – flowers are blooming, the air is warming and the fish are jumpin’! Youth and adults alike are invited to welcome this fishing season with Bend Park & Recreation District with both fishing ponds and scheduled activities for the public.

Fishing programs are designed to get both youth and adults into the swing of baiting, casting and angling for this season’s perfect catch. The following fishing programs are offered:

Learn to Fish - FREE
Saturday, May 16: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm   
Location: Pine Nursery Park
Ages: 17 & under
Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife staff and volunteers help youth learn to fish with loaner rods, reels and tackle. Juvenile angling license required for ages 14 – 17. All state angling regulations apply. Free.

Annual Jason Freiboth Kids’ Fishing Clinic
Wednesday, May 20: 6:15 - 8:00 pm   
Location: Shevlin Park
Ages: 5 - 11
A springtime favorite! Volunteers and donated equipment are available to help kids and families learn about fishing. A parent or adult must participate with the child. Fee: $4 in-district, $5 out-of-district / Program: 203620

Fly Fishing Camp
Monday, June 15 - Wednesday, June 17: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Shevlin Park
Ages: 10 - 14
The Central Oregon Fly Fishers Club will teach various fly casts, techniques and strategies, fly tying and safe wading. Fee: $49 in-district, $59 out-of-district / Program: 203625.

Fly Casting for Beginners
Mondays and Wednesdays, May 18 – June 3: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Sunday, June 7: 3:00 - 7:00 pm
Location: Hollinshead Barn, Pine Nursery Park & Upper Deschutes River
Ages: All Adults
Designed for novice fly casters. Includes knots, entomology, fly selection, learning to read water and casting practice. If needed, equipment will be provided.
Fee: $72 in-district, $86 out-of-district / Program: 208939

Fly Fishing 101
Thursdays and/or Saturdays, May - September, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Confluence Fly Shop
Ages: 12 & up
Covers all the basics of fly fishing including equipment, casting and flies. Equipment provided. Fee: $30 in-district, $36 out-of-district / Program: 208946

Registration for all programs is available at www.bendparksandrec.org. Space is limited. For additional information on BPRD fishing programs, contact Greg Brady, BPRD Sports Coordinator at (541) 706-6124.

In addition to scheduled activities, the District features fishing ponds at Pine Nursery and Shevlin Parks that are stocked by Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife. Shevlin Park pond features rainbow trout and is open to youth, 17 years and under. At Pine Nursery Park, the pond is open to all ages and stocked with rainbow trout, blue gills and bass. Current regulations at both ponds allow for a limit of two fish per day, eight inch minimum length. For Deschutes River fishing, access is available at several parks including Drake, Farewell Bend, First Street Rapids, Miller’s Landing, Pacific, Pioneer, Riverbend and Sawyer Parks. Both bait and fly fishing is allowed all year with a limit of two trout per day, eight inch minimum length. All state angling licenses and regulations apply at all locations. Additional information on fishing and stocking in the region is available at ODFW’s website at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/rr/central/.

Released: April 16, 2015

Bend Park & Recreation District Offers Free “Spring Thaw” Fitness Events

The community is invited to get active this spring with a week-and-a-half of free fitness events, Monday, April 20th through Thursday, April 30th at Juniper Swim & Fitness Center  and local parks. The various fitness clinics and classes provide a way for newcomers and regular patrons alike to try new classes, learn new techniques and discover Bend Park & Recreation District’s fitness and wellness amenities and offerings for themselves.

The “Spring Thaw Fitness” schedule is as follows:
Monday April 20:
8:15-9:00 am         Foundations Training

Tuesday April 21:  
7:15-7:50 am         HIIT Training
5:30-6:30 pm         Prenatal Yoga
6:15-7:00 pm         Get Started in Foam Rolling

Wednesday April 22:
9:00-10:00 am         Ask A PT – call to schedule apt.
11:00-11:50 am        Get Started in Yoga
6:30-7:15 pm         Get Started in Triathlon Training

Thursday April 23:
10:00-11:00 am     Nordic Walking w/Poles
10:30-11:15 am     Baby & Me Cycle
11:30 am-12:00 pm     Get Started in Cycle

Friday April 24:
10:15-11:15 am     Get Started in Weight Training
1:30-2:20 pm         Get Started in Water Running
Saturday April 25:
9:30-10:45 am         Get Started in Zumba
Sunday April 26:
4:00-5:00 pm         Thrive and Revive - Be a Heathier You!

Monday April 27:
1:30-2:20 pm         Get Started in Water Running
4:00-5:20 pm         Get Started in Zumba/Bliss
4:00-5:30 pm        Fit Kids Dance Party!
5:30-6:15 pm     Alleviate Allergy Symptoms with Essential Oils

Tuesday April 28:
8:00-9:00 am        Get Stated in Pilates
9:30-10:30 am         New Moms on the Move
10:30-11:30 am        Nordic Walking w/Poles
11:00-11:45 am        Get Started in Foam Rolling
4:30-5:15 pm        Strong and Supple Feet
6:40-7:30 pm         Get Started in TRX

Wednesday April 29:
5:00-6:00 pm         Ask A PT - call to schedule
5:45-6:30 pm        Learn your Training Zones
6:35-7:45 pm         Get Started in Kundalini Yoga

Thursday April 30:
12:00-1:00 pm        Get Started in Prenatal Yoga
5:45-6:30 pm        Foundations Training

All programs are provided at no-cost. No registration or pass is required; patrons may simply drop-in. For locations, additional program information and schedules, visit the Juniper Swim & Fitness Center’s specialty fitness schedule page at /Juniper_Swim__Fitness/schedules/Specialty-Fitness/ or call (541) 389-7665.

For Release: March 17, 2015

Be Smart! Start Now, Swim by Summer at Juniper Swim & Fitness Center

Spring is here and Bend Park & Recreation District’s Juniper Swim & Fitness Center staff are encouraging people to think about warm, summer days and swimming.

“Look ahead to summer now and consider the fun, playful adventures, but also think about swimming skills and water safety,” said Bob Smith, JSFC Facility Manager. “Be smart and be prepared – be sure the whole family knows how to swim. If you start now, you’ll all be swimming by summer.”

“Early spring is an optimum time for swim lessons,” said Ann Story, JSFC Aquatic Coordinator. “Starting now allows plenty of time to establish fundamental concepts, strokes and skills. It takes beginners of all ages about 12-15 weeks of lessons to develop the basics so that they can swim with confidence.” Story says it’s that foundation that lets swimmers get the most out of warm weather trips to area lakes and rivers or Juniper Swim & Fitness Center’s pools and play area.

JSFC staff encourages swimmers to start at a young age but say it’s never too late to learn. Based on progressive-learning, the lessons are specially-designed for infants/toddlers as young as 6 months, preschoolers, youth and adults alike. There is even a “Swim Without Fear” class for adults who are uncomfortable in the water.

“No matter their skill level, we welcome people to come learn,” said Story. With a warm water pool and friendly, experienced instructors, Story said the JSFC staff works hard to make learning to swim easy and inviting. “We love teaching swimmers and then seeing them regularly swim at Juniper,” said Story. “It’s like watching ‘our kids’ grow.”

Swim lesson registration is currently available. The next five-week session is March 30th through April 4th with a variety of levels, age groups, days and times available. For convenience, evening classes are offered for adults. A free swim lesson assessment is available to determine appropriate level. In all programs, participants learn basic strokes and water safety, giving plenty of time to establish confidence for those water-filled, summer adventures ahead.

Registration information is available online at www.juniperswimandfitness.com or at Juniper Swim & Fitness Center at 800 NE 6th Street. For more information, call (541) 389-7665 (POOL).

For Release: March 4, 2015

Volunteer Lacrosse Coaches Needed

Bend Park & Recreation District is seeking adult volunteers to coach lacrosse for the 2015 Youth Lacrosse League. Program participants are boys and girls in first through eighth grade. Volunteer coaches are an essential part of the league, providing support with program logistics, coaching and mentoring youth. Volunteers must enjoy working with kids and be able to create a positive, encouraging recreational environment for all players.

The lacrosse season runs March 30th to May 29th. Teams practice and play games twice-a-week in the afternoon/evening during the nine-week season. Coaches volunteer approximately five hours per week. Program enrollment is at an all-time record high with over 600 youth participating. Several teams are in need of volunteer coaches.

Training and season long support is provided. Volunteer coaches must attend a pre-season volunteer orientation/training. Safety is a top priority, so all coaches must complete a volunteer application and criminal history background check as well as online concussion awareness training. Online volunteer application and background check available at www.bendparksandrec.org.

For more information contact:
Rich Ekman, Sports Program Coordinator
(541) 706-6126, rich@bendparksandrec.rog

Kim Johnson, Volunteer Coordinator
(541) 706-6127, kim@bendparksandrec.org

For Release: February 9, 2015

Youth Lacrosse Registration Deadline Approaching

Local youth are invited to participate in the Bend Park and Recreation District’s Youth Lacrosse League held March 30th to May 29th. The league is open to boys and girls in 1st through 8th grade and the deadline to register is Sunday, March 1st.  The registration fee is $75 for in-district residents and $90 for those that live outside the District boundaries.  Registration is available online at www.bendparksandrec.org or at District facilities.

Focusing on the fun and excitement of lacrosse, the league promotes physical fitness and teaches youth sportsmanship lessons about teamwork and fair play as well as basic lacrosse fundamentals and game play. Teams practice twice a week and play an eight-game schedule. 

Helmets (for boys), goggles (for girls), sticks, mouth guards and game jerseys are provided. Participants in the boys’ league need to provide their own gloves, shoulder pads and elbow pads. Financial assistance is available for registration and equipment needs.

The league also offers opportunities for adults as volunteer coaches. Coaches provide support with program logistics, coaching and mentoring youth. All volunteers must complete an application and background check, enjoy working with youth and be able to create a positive, encouraging environment for all players.

For more information, contact Rich Ekman, Sports Program Coordinator at (541) 706-6126 or rich@bendparksandrec.org.

For Release: February 6, 2015

Pioneer Park Closed Due to Fallen Trees

Park Users Asked to Use Caution

Due to fallen trees, Bend Park and Recreation District has closed Pioneer Park in Northwest Bend. The closure is effective immediately until high winds and gusts subside and the fallen trees and debris can be removed.

“We ask that park patrons use caution during this storm and avoid areas with large trees. During high winds, it is not uncommon for trees and limbs to come down in parks and on trails,” said Pat Erwert, Park Services Director. Erwert noted that it is possible that other parks could close without notice due to weather-caused damage and dangers.

Future access to Pioneer Park, once re-opened, will be available online at www.bendparksandrec.org or by contacting the District office at (541) 389-7275.

For Release: February 4, 2015

BPRD Board of Directors Appoint New Board & New Budget Committee Members

The Bend Park & Recreation District Board of Directors appointed new board and budget committee members at their Tuesday, February 3rd meeting.

Nathan Hovekamp was selected as the newest board member to fill a vacancy created by Scott Asla’s resignation in December. Hovekamp will serve until June 30, 2015. The seat is open for election in May to complete the remaining two years of the term through June 30, 2017.

Hovekamp and his wife have lived in Bend for 18 years and have two sons. He has a PhD in Education and is a naturalist and educator. Hovekamp has served on the Bend Planning Commission and Bend LaPine School Board and now serves on the Central Oregon LandWatch board. Most recently, Hovekamp served on the Bend Park and Recreation District’s Citizen Advisory Committee for Riley Ranch Nature Reserve during which he “got a glimpse of the inclusive spirit of BPRD public processes and the positive culture of the organization.” In his application, Hovekamp stated that he would like to “contribute to the award-winning excellence that is the hallmark of Bend Park and Recreation.”

Hovekamp was selected from a field of ten applicants. Board members praised the candidates for their high levels of experience and personal connections to the community.

The other appointment during the meeting was that of Thomas Fisher to the District’s Budget Committee. Per his application, Fisher has more than thirty years in public and private education and was Director of Athletics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a member of the City of Port Orange, Florida Parks & Recreation Board. His previous experience includes budget oversight and approval. Fisher will serve a three-year term on the committee.

For additional information on the Board of Directors and/or Budget Committee, visit www.bendparksandrec.org or contact Vanessa De Moe, Assistant to the Executive Director at (541) 706-6151 or vanessa@bendparksandrec.org.

For Release: January 8, 2015

BPRD Board of Directors Seeks Candidates for Board Vacancy

The Bend Park & Recreation District Board of Directors is currently seeking candidates to fill a vacant board position until June 30, 2015. It is anticipated the board will appoint the new board member at their Tuesday, February 3, 2015 meeting. The vacancy was created by Scott Asla’s resignation in December.

The Board is composed of five members who serve four-year terms. Each member represents the District at-large rather than separate zones. This is a volunteer position and does not receive compensation.

To be considered for the board position, a candidate must:
•    Reside within the District boundaries.
•    Be a registered voter.
•    Be able to attend regularly scheduled board meetings held the first and third Tuesday of each month and other periodic meetings.
•    Be willing to run for the seat in the May 2015 election for the term ending June 30, 2017.

To apply, candidates are to submit a letter of interest and responses to Candidate Questions to:
Assistant to the Executive Director, Bend Park & Recreation District, 799 SW Columbia, Bend, OR 97702
or email board@bendparksandrec.org.

The Board of Directors Candidate Questions are available here (PDF).

The application deadline is Friday, January 23, 2015. The board anticipates selecting the final candidate on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 with the candidate being seated on February 17, 2015.

For additional information, contact Vanessa DeMoe, Assistant to the Executive Director at (541) 706-6151 or Vanessa@bendparksandrec.org.


For Release: January 8, 2015

Scott Asla Resigns from Bend Park and Recreation District Board of Directors

The Bend Park and Recreation District announces the resignation of Board Member, Scott Asla, effective on December 31, 2014. Asla resigned from the board in anticipation of an upcoming relocation outside District boundaries; residency is a requirement of board service.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my service on the Bend Park and Recreation Board of Directors,” stated Asla.  “I have gotten to be part of far-reaching and impactful planning and projects that will benefit our community for years to come.”

Asla was appointed to the board on May 7, 2002 and served until June 30, 2003.  He was elected again in 2009 and then re-elected in 2013.  His current term would have expired June 30, 2017. 

“Scott has been a thoughtful voice of the community in his tenure on the Board of Directors.  He is inclusive of all perspectives in his deliberations and leadership,” stated Don Horton, Executive Director.  “We will miss his leadership and passion for the impacts that park and recreation has on our community, and for his support of the people who make it all happen.” 

The Board of Directors will fill the vacancy by appointment. For information on the appointment process, go to the District website at www.bendparksandrec.org or contact Vanessa DeMoe, Assistant to the Executive Director at (541) 706-6151.


For Release: December 31, 2014

Public Input Sought on New Mirror Pond & Downtown Redevelopment Concept

Community Meetings on January 7 & 13; Questionnaire Closes January 31

It’s been just over a month since the Mirror Pond Ad Hoc committee first introduced the Mirror Pond and Downtown Redevelopment concept to address the future of Mirror Pond. Since then, there have been several community meetings and nearly 390 people have completed the online questionnaire on the concept.

With the public input period closing on Saturday, January 31st, the committee is reminding citizens of opportunities to learn more and offer feedback. One way to give input is to attend one of the following community meetings:

  • Wednesday, January 7th at Sky View Middle School, 63555 NE 18th St, 5:30 to 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday, January 13th at Oxford Hotel, 10 NW Minnesota Ave., 6:00 to 7:30 pm.

The meetings will include a brief presentation followed by a question-and-answer period.

Another way to give input is to visit the Mirror Pond website at mirrorpondbend.com to read about the project, view images and offer feedback via a short on-line questionnaire.

“The upcoming meetings are perfect for people to gain a better understanding of how the concept addresses a wide range of the community’s interests as well as for them to ask specific questions,” stated Don Horton, Bend Park and Recreation District Executive Director and Ad Hoc committee member. “We encourage people to participate. To help determine the best option for Mirror Pond’s future, the committee needs citizen feedback,” stated Horton.

In 2012, local leaders launched an effort to identify community values associated with Mirror Pond. Since then, several scenarios regarding the pond’s future have been offered for public comment. The Ad Hoc committee explored several alternative solutions and then presented the Mirror Pond and Downtown Redevelopment Concept in late November.

Should the concept be well-received by the community, an independent commission would be formed to govern the redevelopment plan.

For additional project information or to request a paper questionnaire to be mailed to them, citizens may visit www.MirrorPondBend.com or call (541) 706-6151.


For Release: December 29, 2014

Youth Basketball Referees Needed

The Bend Park and Recreation District is looking for referees to officiate games for the 2015 Youth Basketball League for third through fifth grade boys and girls. Games are played at Bend area middle schools on Saturdays, January 17th through March 7th.

Potential applicants must enjoy working with youth and be able to create a positive, encouraging environment.  Although prior referee experience is not required, all referees must have sound basketball knowledge, a clean criminal background and pass a pre-employment drug screen. As an essential part of the program, referees must be at least 15 years of age. Pay rate is $10 per game. 

Anyone interested must attend a mandatory meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 7th at 7:00 pm at Hollinshead Barn, 1235 NE Jones Rd.

For more information, contact Rich Ekman, Sports Program Coordinator at rich@bendparksandrec.org or (541) 706-6126.


For release: December 23, 2014

Ponderosa Park Skatepark Adds Ambassador & Updates Access:
Skateboards & Scooters Allowed; Bikes to Use Old Multi-Use Facility

Opening last January, the new skatepark at Ponderosa Park in southeast Bend has been in operation for nearly a year. Bend Park & Recreation District has seen high use of the skatepark by a wide variety of ability levels and age groups from  beginner pre-grade school children to those with a bit of gray hair or often referred to as the “old school” skaters.

To help manage skatepark use, the District recently added a Skatepark Ambassador, Clare Gordon, as part of the District’s park stewardship program. As an experienced skateboarder, Gordon’s job duties include promoting safe and positive use of the park, building relationships within the skate community and monitoring the use and maintenance needs of the skatepark. A part-time employee, Gordon will be on-site regularly including Wednesday afternoons from 2:30 to 5:30 pm, beginning in March.

Another change that was implemented last week is that user access was updated and bikes are no longer allowed in the new skatepark. Bikes are welcome at the old skatepark at the park's northern end. Known in the community as "Pondi," the old skatepark is multi-use and open to bikes, scooters and skateboards.

Permitted on a trial basis since the new skatepark’s opening, bikes have been found to create issues with other users’ safety and experience and result in excessive wear and tear on the park. Because bikes travel different lines and speeds than skateboarders and scooters and require a large amount of space, District staff found their use compromises the safety and experience of other skatepark users, especially given the popularity of the park. In regards to wear and tear on the park, many bikes have metal pegs on the wheels despite not being permitted during the trial period.  When these bikes fall over, are dropped or grind on the skatepark’s rails and edges, damage to the surface and features can occur.

The skatepark is open from dawn until dusk in dry conditions. The approximately 8,000 square foot main skatepark and 4,000 square foot skatepath includes: half-pipe section, multiple quarter pipe sections,  two sets of stairs, pump bumps and a radius wave, and a variety of wedges, hips and ledges. In addition, there are restrooms, picnic shelters and other amenities close to the skatepark.

To learn more about the skatepark as well as watch a new aerial video of the skatepark, visit to /Parks__Trails/Park_Features/Skateboarding.


 

For Release: December 3, 2014

Winter/Spring 2015 Recreation Program Registration Begins December 8th

Winter/Spring 2015 registration for Bend Park & Recreation District recreation programs begins Monday, December 8th online and in person. Programs include youth and adult sports, swimming, fitness, enrichment, outdoor, adapted and senior activities. Online program descriptions are available for preview at www.bendparksandrec.org beginning Friday, December 5th at noon. Those needing assistance can register in person at the District office (799 SW Columbia Street), Juniper Swim & Fitness Center (800 NE 6th Street) or the Bend Senior Center (1600 SE Reed Market Rd.) during regular hours. For additional information, visit www.bendparksandrec.org or call (541) 389-7275.

 


For Release: November 26, 2014

Volunteer Basketball Coaches Needed

Bend Park and Recreation District is seeking adult volunteers to coach youth basketball for the 2015 Youth Basketball League. Program participants are boys and girls in 3rd through 5th grades. Volunteer coaches are an essential part of the program, providing support with program logistics, coaching and mentoring youth. Volunteers must enjoy working with youth and be able to create a positive, encouraging recreational environment for all players.

The basketball season is January 5th to March 7th. Practices are held twice weekday evenings with games played on Saturdays. Coaches volunteer approximately five hours per week for the 10 week season.

Training and on-going support is provided. Volunteer coaches must attend a pre-season volunteer orientation/training. Safety is top priority, so all coaches must complete a volunteer application and criminal background check, as well as online concussion awareness training. Online volunteer application and background check available at www.bendparksandrec.org.

For more information contact:

Rich Ekman, Sports Program Coordinator
541-706-6126, rich@bendparksandrec.org

Kim Johnson, Volunteer Coordinator
541-706-6127, kim@bendparksandrec.org


For Release: November 25, 2014

Public Input Sought on New Mirror Pond & Downtown Redevelopment Concept

The Mirror Pond Ad Hoc committee invites citizens to give input on a new concept to address the future of Mirror Pond. There are two ways to learn about the new Mirror Pond and Downtown Redevelopment concept and to give input. First, attend one of the following four community meetings:

  • Thursday, December 4th at Bend Park & Recreation District, 799 SW Columbia
    12:00 noon to 1:30 pm and 5:30 to 7:00 pm (two meetings)
  • Wednesday, January 7th at Sky View Middle School, 63555 NE 18th St
    5:30 to 7:00 pm
  • Monday, January 12th at a location in Downtown Bend (to be determined)
    5:30 to 7:00 pm.

All the meetings will include a brief presentation followed by a question-and-answer period.

Another way to give input is to visit the Mirror Pond website at www.MirrorPondBend.com to read about the project, view images and offer feedback via a short on-line questionnaire. The public input period closes on Saturday, January 31st.

In 2012, local leaders launched an effort to identify community values associated with Mirror Pond. Since then, several scenarios regarding the pond’s future have been offered for public comment.

“We learned that the community was divided between those who preferred that the pond remain versus those who preferred it go back to a natural looking river,” stated Don Horton, Bend Park and Recreation District Executive Director and Ad Hoc committee member. “The division in perspective sent the Ad Hoc committee back to explore alternative solutions. We are pleased with this new concept in that we believe it addresses most everyone’s interests,” stated Horton.

Should the Mirror Pond and Downtown Redevelopment Concept be well-received by the community, an independent commission would be formed to govern the redevelopment plan.

For additional project information or to request a paper questionnaire to be mailed to them, citizens may visit www.MirrorPondBend.com or call (541) 706-6151.

 


For Release: November 14, 2015

Simpson Pavilion Construction to Begin

Construction is scheduled to begin before Thanksgiving on the new Simpson Pavilion, a multi-sport, open-air, covered recreation and ice facility to be located at the corner of Simpson and Colorado Avenues at the former Mt. Bachelor Park and Ride lot. The Bend Park and Recreation District Board of Directors awarded the contract for construction of the facility at its November 4th meeting.

"The pavilion is one of the most anticipated projects being funded by the 2012 bond measure,” stated Don Horton, Executive Director.  “We are optimistic that people will be enjoying winter ice skating a little over a year from now.”

Covering two to three acres including parking, the pavilion will host a variety of recreational activities, community events and sports including ice sports such as skating and hockey, pickleball, basketball, volleyball, tennis and badminton. The approximately 29,000 sq. ft. facility will feature an 85 ft. by 200 ft. seasonal ice rink (November through March), multi-sport courts (April through October), an 11,000 sq. ft. support building with lobby, customer service area, restrooms and changing rooms and parking.

This project will add to the traffic and pedestrian impacts in the near-by area resulting from construction of the Colorado Ave Dam by the District and sewer line replacement by the City of Bend. Maps showing traffic impacts are available on the District’s website at www.bendparksandrec.org.

The contract for the Simpson Pavilion construction was awarded to Apollo, Inc. of Kennewick, Washington. Century West of Bend is the civil engineer consultant.  The mechanical/electrical consultant is PAE, the architect is Opsis Architecture, and the ice consultant is Rink Management, all of Portland, Oregon. 

For additional information on the Simpson Pavilion, view the “Current Projects” webpages at www.bendparksandrec.org.