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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.