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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 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 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

For more information contact:

Rich Ekman, Sports Program Coordinator

Kim Johnson, Volunteer Coordinator

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 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 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

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