“Heroes are not giant statues framed against a red sky. They are people who say: This is my community, and it’s my responsibility to make it better.”
Gov. Tom McCall
The Bend Park & Recreation Foundation is a non-profit organization which exists to raise private funds to help support the programs, projects and facilities of the Bend Park & Recreation District. Incorporated in 1977 as a non-governmental, 501(c) (3) not-for-profit entity, the foundation has proven itself as a trustworthy and able steward of donated funds.
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 her community, Drake Park will forever be the signature of downtown Bend. Like Arnold, the Bend Park & Recreation Foundation believes that parks, trails, open spaces and community recreation opportunities are priceless community treasures.
- Preserved the Hollinshead property as a community park and historic landmark
- Facilitated the donation of Tillicum Ranch to Bend Park & Recreation District.
- Provided funding for the Ponderosa Skateboard Park
- Purchased and restored the historic Bend Amateur Athletic Club (Old Bend Gym). This facility was given to the Bend Park & Recreation District and is currently rented to The Boys and Girls Club for $1 a year.
- Supporter of the Bend Riverway Project.
- Raised funds to purchase land as a buffer between development and Shevlin Park.
- Funded and built two covered shelters and a playground at Big Sky Sports Park. 70% of the construction was donated by the community.
- Hosted the River Trail Ramble, a community fundraiser supporting development of the Deschutes River trail.
- Funded a series of historic interpretive signs in community parks.
- Raised over $533,000 in community support to help with the construction of Farewell Bend Park.
- Established the Luke Damon Youth Sports Endowment Fund with the Oregon Community Foundation. This fund supports recreation scholarships for people in our community.
- Provided support for the development of the Bend Heroes Memorial Plaza at Brooks Park. This is a memorial for local veterans and first responders.
- Raising money for the Recreation Scholarship Fund to match the growing need in our community for support with participation in Bend Park & Recreation District program
- Recreation Scholarship Fund – supporting recreation opportunities for people in our community.
- Opdycke Scholarship Fund – supporting recreation opportunities for people with disabilities.
- Bend Senior Center Fund – supporting the facility and recreation programs for older adults.
- Scholarship Endowment Fund – building scholarship support in perpetuity.
- Luke Damon Youth Sports Endowment Fund – building support for children to participate in youth sports programs.
- Riverway/ Deschutes River Trail Fund – supporting development and improvements of the Deschutes River Trail.
- Shevlin Park Conservation Fund – supporting the preservation of Bend’s largest natural park.
Board of Directors
Ex-Officio Members and BPRD Staff
Don Horton, Bend Park & Recreation District Executive Director
Kim Johnson, BPRD Volunteer Coordinator, BPR Foundation Administrator