Public Health Advisory

COVID-19 Operations for High/Orange Risk Level:
Parks and trails remain open.
Juniper Swim & Fitness Center: Open – swim reservations needed. Dry fitness activities temporarily closed.
Larkspur Community Center: Open – reservation only. Senior social activities closed.
The Pavilion: Closed for ice season. Roller begins April 12.
The Art Station: Open – registration needed.
Other facilities/offices: Closed.
Recreation programs offered.
Childcare and virtual classes continue.

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COVID-19 Updates for Bend Park & Recreation District

Updated April 9, 10:45 am

Deschutes County Risk Level: High / Orange.

The health and safety of our community is our top priority. Bend Park & Recreation District maintains high standards related to health and wellness and closely follows guidance from state and local health authorities.

Temporary rules and special requirements are in place for programs and activities. Be sure to visit the web page for your program or activity for up-to-date information.

For details: Visit our BPRD News page for the most recent news releases.

Visiting Parks & Trails

  • Parks and trails are open.
  • Park restrooms are open.
  • Playgrounds, skateparks, off-leash dog areas, picnic shelters and pickleball, tennis, horseshoes, volleyball, and bocce ball courts are open.
  • Basketball courts are closed (following guidance from Oregon Health Authority).

For all parks, trails and amenities:

  • Maintain at least 6 feet distance from others outside of your household or group.
  • Walking, running, biking, skating or using a wheelchair or other mobility device while maintaining at least 6 feet between people is allowed.
  • Users are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering at all times. For adults and children over the age of 5, it is required to wear a face covering if a minimum of 6 feet distance cannot be maintained from those outside of your household or group. People with a disability or medical condition may request accommodation if they cannot wear a face covering.
  • Keep your group size small, with gatherings of no more than 10 people from no more than 2 households.
  • Bring your own water. Drinking fountains are not available.
  • Wash/sanitize hands before and after any visit to a park or trail.
  • If you are sick, stay at home – do not use a park or trail.

Important reminders for playground users:

  • Playground equipment is not sanitized by the park district.
  • Playground visitors are encouraged to wash hands before and after visiting a playground.
  • Bring hand sanitizer and/or sanitizing wipes for personal use on any surfaces touched.
  • Maintain 6 feet distance from others outside of your household or group.
  • Users are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering at all times. Wear a face covering if you cannot keep a minimum of 6 feet distance from others. For children over the age of 5, it is required to wear a face covering if 6 feet distance cannot be maintained at the playground. People with a disability or medical condition may request accommodation if they cannot wear a face covering.
  • Any individuals who are sick or may have contacted someone with COVID-19 should stay home.

Distancing on the trails done right. Tips for getting outside for some exercise:

  • Visit less popular trails at less busy times. Most BPRD trails are open 5 am to 10 pm. If crowded, go elsewhere or at another time.
  • Use wide trails to stay 6 feet from others while passing.
  • Offer a wide berth when passing and if approaching from behind, say a friendly “hello, passing on your left.”
  • Keep your dog on leash. It’s the law in Bend.
  • Go only with members of your household or a small group of 10 or less and from no more than 2 households.

Map indicating one-way trail instructions for the South Canyon stretch of the Deschutes River Trail.
Temporary Use Rule: One-Way Trail
The South Canyon stretch of the Deschutes River Trail is temporarily a one-direction trail until further notice.

  • This trail is temporarily closed to bikes.
  • Servicing of Parks
    Park Services staff continue to regularly clean park restrooms and have installed signage in all restrooms cautioning people to wash hands before leaving the restroom.

    Statewide Face Covering Mandate

    Public Places, Parks & Trails

    Face coverings are encouraged at all times, indoors and outdoors. Face coverings are required for visitors age 5 and up in all indoor public spaces and outdoor spaces where 6 feet physical distancing cannot be maintained.

    Recreation Centers and Fitness Facilities

    All visitors 5 years and older entering a BPRD facility must wear a face covering. The face coverings must cover the mouth and nose and must be worn at all times in all indoor spaces, including the covered ice rink and indoor pool areas – except when swimming.

    • Face coverings are required when exercising indoors.
    • If a medical condition or disability prevents a person from wearing a face covering, let our staff know to consider an accommodation.
    • The Oregon Health Authority does not recommend wearing plastic face shields alone. While face shields can be very good at blocking droplets, they are not as good at stopping aerosols that can go around the shield. OHA recommends face shields only be used on a limited basis, for example when talking to someone who is deaf or hard of hearing and needs to read lips to communicate.
    • Clear face shields are strongly recommended for water exercise classes.
    • Please bring your own mask. A limited supply of disposable masks are available if you forget.

    Face Covering Non-Compliance and Exclusions

    Both your mouth and nose must be covered at all times except during swimming or water exercise (face shields are recommended during water exercise). If there is non-compliance, staff will provide a reminder, a warning and then exclusion for the day without a refund. This is for everyone’s health and safety. Thank you for wearing your face covering properly.

    Learn more about OHA face covering requirements online: https://govstatus.egov.com/or-oha-face-coverings

    Facility Operations & Closures:

    Juniper Swim & Fitness Center – Open. Lap swim available by reservation.

    Bend Senior Center – Closed for senior social activities until further notice.

    Larkspur Community Center – Open. Schedules and reservations now available.

    The Pavilion – Open. Public roller skating sessions available; drop-ins welcome, no reservations needed. Roller lessons and hockey held as scheduled.

    Art Station –  Open. Youth, adult and With Your Child programs available.

    District Office – Closed until further notice.

    Park Services Office – Closed until further notice.

    We will continue to work with Oregon Health Authority to open facilities and offer programs as soon as we safely can.

    Pools: 50-Meter Pool Open / Others Closed

    Juniper Swim and Fitness Center Pools 

    The covered, 50-meter Olympic pool is open. The 25-meter indoor pool is closed for renovations.

    Lap swim and water fitness classes available by reservation. Fitness center, fitness classes and virtual fitness classes available too.

    • Capacity for activities is limited and reservations required.
    • Swim lessons and Novice Swim Team return in April. Registration is open now.
    • Other pool-based activities including family swim and recreation swim are not available at this time. Check back regularly.

    Larkspur Community Center Pool

    The indoor pool at Larkspur is currently closed. Larkspur will open on Monday, April 5. Schedules and reservations available on Tuesday, March 30.

    Winter-Spring Programs - Registration, Cancellations & More

    Continuing Programs:

    Childcare programs, such as afterschool, half-day and full day programs at schools and Operation Recreation for school breaks can be offered under Extreme Risk and lower safety guidelines. These programs are not affected by state’s framework, as they provide essential childcare services for working families.

    Activities which are hosted outdoors also continue. This includes roller skating at The Pavilion.

    Winter-Spring Programs: 

    Registration for programs through spring and beyond continues to be available on the district website at this time.

    New programs are released regularly for registration on First and Third Tuesdays as much as possible.

    Under High Risk / Orange and Moderate / Yellow Levels, many recreation programs can be held with modifications . Please check back regularly and watch your email for program registration announcements.

    Updates will be provided to registered participants if program status changes, and the district will make decisions regarding offering of programs in the coming weeks.

    Canceled Programs:

    With the exception of childcare programs, The Pavilion activities and virtual classes, many other registered recreation programs were canceled or postponed under Extreme Risk / Red level, including adult enrichment classes and youth sports programs, camps and clinics.

    About Program Cancellations: If BPRD cancels a program, program fees will be credited to your account or refunded upon request. While Deschutes County is in the “Extreme Risk,” “High Risk,” or “Moderate Risk” levels, many programs can be held. We remain hopeful that we will continue to see risk levels lower and can expand offerings accordingly.

    Summer Program Registration Opening - Tuesday, April 20 at 8:00 am

    Summer program registration opening – Tuesday, April 20 at 8:00 a.m.: The BPRD recreation team is currently planning for a whole slew of summer programs and aiming for opening summer program registration on Tuesday, April 20 at 8:00 a.m. Programs will be available to preview online on Wednesday, April 14. View programs and register at register.bendparksandrec.org/

    AARP Tax Aide Program: Relocated for 2021

    The AARP Tax Aide Program, which was previously held at the Bend Senior Center, will operate out of the NeighborImpact building this tax season.
    Modifications due to the pandemic will be in place including no walk-up clients, 2020 returns only, remotely prepared/reviewed returns and limited capacity.
    Schedule your appointment today:
    • Monday through Thursday at the NeighborImpact Bend office.
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays at the NeighborImpact Redmond office.
    • To schedule an appointment in Bend, call (541) 604-2231
    • To schedule an appointment in Redmond, call (541) 526-3834

    About Your Registration & Passes

    Credits will be automatically issued for any canceled or shortened classes and facility passes will be automatically paused for the duration of a closure. There is no need for patrons to request credits and extensions. Refunds are available upon request.

    Large Sports Tournaments & Community Events

    Due to public health officials’ guidance, sports tournaments or community events are being hosted on a limited basis and will be following all COVID-19 restrictions and requirements.

    • Community events and sport tournaments are currently being scheduled and planned to meet all restrictions and guidance put out by OHA. While some tournaments and events will be held in a modified manner, some organizers have elected to cancel their event for 2021.

    • Please see the community events calendar for details. If you’re interested in a specific event or tournament,  it is recommended you contact the organizer or visit their website directly.

    • View park and facility rental information now.

    Contact Customer Service

    Contact Customer Service:

    Should you need to contact the BPRD Customer Service team, they are available:

    Customer Service Hours - Phone Only:

    Mon - Fri: 7:00 am  - 8:00 pm
    Sat: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Sun: No customer service.
    Hours are subject to change without notice.

    Questions? Contact:

    COVID-19 Information Resources

    COVID-19 Information Resources:

    Community Health Guidance

    The Center for Disease Control and Oregon Health Authority recommend the following precautions related to COVID-19:

    • Stay at home unless for essential trips.
    • Frequent hand washing and covering coughs and sneezes.
    • Avoid touching mouth, nose or eyes.
    • Practice proper distancing and stay at least six feet from others.
    • Wear face coverings as required.
    • Stay home when you feel sick, especially if you are experiencing cold or flu like symptoms.
    • If you feel sick, call ahead to your healthcare provider to discuss whether you need to be seen and follow their advice to avoid public spaces.

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