Foundation History

farewell.jpgProjects and Successes:

  • 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.
  • DSC_0031.jpgProvided support for the development of the Bend Heroes Memorial Plaza at Brooks Park. This is a memorial for local veterans and first responders.
  • Annual host of Gopher Broke Scramble Golf Tournament raising funds for recreation scholarships.
  • Supports funding for Bend Park and Recreation District free programs and activities.
  • Worked with Bend Pickelball Club as the fiscal sponsor for the development of pickelball courts at Pine Nursery Park.
  • Established Access for All fund with Oregon Community Foundation as endowment for recreation scholarships.