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Bend Park & Recreation Foundation

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Bend Park & Recreation Foundation is a not for profit organization that supports the programs, projects and facilities of the Bend Park & Recreation District in Bend, Oregon.

The BPR Foundation was founded in 1977 and exists as 501 ( c) 3 not for profit entity as defined by the IRS, and is governed by a volunteer board of directors. The Foundation supports many areas of Bend Park & Recreation District and has proven itself as a trustworthy and able steward of donated funds and advocate for District projects.


To preserve Bend's livability by enhancing our community’s parks, trails and recreation programs, providing access and opportunity for all.


In 1920, May Arnold, a local citizen, led a grassroots effort to convince the city fathers to create Drake Park. Because of her determination and commitment to this community, Drake Park will forever be the signature of downtown Bend. In this spirit, the Bend Park & Recreation Foundation believes that parks, trails, open spaces and community recreation opportunities are priceless community treasures and important assets to support and protect.

Board of Directors (2014-15)

  • Lesley Edwards,  Board Chair
  • Suzanne Johnson, Vice Chair
  • Cece Patterson, Secretary/Treasurer

    Members at Large
  • Connie Austin
  • Kirsten Goldstein
  • Kristin Meagher
  • Paul Taylor
  • Ruth Williamson

Ex-Officio Members and BPRD Staff

  • Don Horton, Bend Park & Recreation District Executive Director
  • Jan Taylor, BPRD Community Relations Manager
  • Kim Johnson, BPRD Volunteer Coordinator, BPR Foundation Administrator

Current Projects

  • Raising funds to support recreation scholarships for children and people with disabilities.
  • Host of the Gopher Broke Scramble, golf tournament fundraiser supporting recreation scholarships.
  • Facilitating the sale of brick dedications for the Bend Heroes Memorial Plaza at Brooks Park.
  • Bench dedication program, providing opportunity for the public to have a personal dedication at a bench located on Bend Park & Recreation District property. Proceeds from this program support recreation scholarships.

Contact Information:

Bend Park & Recreation Foundation
Kim Johnson, Administrator
PO Box 1212
Bend, OR 97709-1212
Email: or
Phone: (541) 706-6127
Fax: (541) 330-1019