This cherished, 652-acre regional park was donated to the community in 1920. Although the park has a paved road, three developed picnic sites and Aspen Hall within its boundaries, most of the park remains undeveloped.
Tumalo Creek rambles through the park with several foot bridges providing opportunities to cross over to the newest section of the park, the Shevlin Conservation Easement, which added approximately 44 acres to the east side of the park in 2002. The easement features a parking area with a viewpoint and is popular with hikers, joggers and mountain bikers.
Shevlin Park is a haven located less than three miles from Bend and a perfect location for hiking, jogging, nature watching, fishing, cross country skiing and picnicking. There is an extensive trail and pathway system providing for both summer and winter uses. The park is also the site of Cougar Camp, a popular youth day camp offered by the district in the summer months.
For information on reserving a picnic spot or Aspen Hall call the district office at (541) 389-7275.
Shevlin Park Forest Management
Like much of Central Oregon‘s forests the exclusion of wildfire has created unsafe and unhealthy conditions in Shevlin Park. With the assistance of a National Fire Plan Grant, Bend Park and Recreation District is working with Deschutes National Forest and the Oregon Department of Forestry to improve the health and resilience of the old growth forest in the park. The goal is to return the park to a condition similar to that which settlers found near the turn of the last century. In the past fires would move through the area every 17 years or so according to research by foresters at COCC. This would leave a mosaic of a wide variety of plant species at various stages of maturity in a much more open and park like stand of very large old trees. The district is using a variety of methods to achieve this goal including prescribed fire, brush mowing and thinning.
This work has been done by district staff with the help of many volunteers as well as prison inmates and the Forest Service. The district will continue to treat 30 to 50 acres a year, using thinning, occasional brush mowing and even small prescribed burns that replicate what used to happen throughout the millennia. The lessons learned from the 1990 Awbrey Hall Fire mandate that we proactively manage this community treasure.