Experts agree that children need access to nature the same way they need good nutrition and adequate sleep. Bend Park and Recreation District has been working toward providing more natural areas for kids to play, explore and learn. We hope you enjoy these spaces!
Natural Play Areas
First Street Rapids Park
1980 NW First St., Bend, Oregon
1315 NW Discovery Dr., Bend, Oregon
Canal Row Park
1630 NE Butler Market Rd., Bend, Oregon
Rockridge Park (coming soon)
NE 18th St., Bend, Oregon
Hillside Park (coming soon)
2050 NW 12th St., Bend, Oregon
What's a natural play area?
Natural Play Area – play amenities inspired by nature (think stumps and logs, rocks and sand, water courses)
What's a wildside play area?
Wildside – space set aside within parks for free-form, open-ended play (imagine the vacant lot where you dug bike tracks or built forts as a kid). Basically these are spaces outside of pristine habitat areas and other program space, where it’s okay to make a mess and be creative.