Public Health Advisory

COVID-19 Operations & Requirements for Extreme Risk Level:
Parks and trails remain open.
Juniper Swim & Fitness Center and Bend Senior Center: Temporarily closed.
The Pavilion: Open for reservation-only public skating and registered programs.
The Art Station: Open for youth/childcare programs.
Other facilities/offices: Closed.
Most recreation programs canceled. Childcare and virtual classes continue.

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COVID-19 Updates for Bend Park & Recreation District

Updated Jan. 8, 11:30 a.m.

Current Deschutes County Risk Level – Extreme

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 6 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 6 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.

    The Pavilion

    Face coverings are required at all times – indoors, outdoors and on the ice.

    Juniper Swim and Fitness Center

    All visitors 5 years and older entering Juniper Swim & Fitness Center must wear a face covering.

    Face coverings must be worn at all times and in all indoor spaces, including the covered 50-meter, Olympic pool area – except when swimming or if a medical condition or disability prevents a person from wearing a face covering.

    Face coverings are required when exercising indoors. While patrons may choose to wear face shields for fitness classes, cloth face coverings are strongly recommended by Oregon Health Authority.

    Clear face shields are strongly recommended for water exercise class.

    Please bring your own mask. We have a limited supply of disposable masks available if you forget.

    Facility Operations & Closures:

    Juniper Swim & Fitness Center – Temporarily closed.

    Bend Senior Center – Closed until further notice.

    Larkspur Community Center – Closed. Tentative opening early 2021.

    The Pavilion – Open. Public skating available by reservation-only. Lessons, hockey clinics and curling held as scheduled.

    Art Station –  Open. Only registration childcare programs available at this time.

    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: Temporarily Closed

    Juniper Swim and Fitness Center Pools 

    The covered, 50-meter Olympic pool and 25-meter indoor pool are temporarily closed. All activities are canceled including lap swim, family swim, swim lessons, workout on your own and water exercise classes. Fitness center and fitness classes are also canceled. Virtual fitness classes are available.

    • Upon reopening, capacity for activities will be limited and reservations recommended.
    • Swim lesson registration may be available at a later date. Check back regularly.

    Winter Programs - Registration, Cancellations & More

    Canceled Programs:

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

    Continuing Programs:

    The Operation Recreation and KIDS INC childcare programs, half-day and full day childcare camps at the Art Station and Operation Recreation for school breaks can be offered under the current 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 at The Pavilion also continue. This includes ice skating lessons, curling and hockey lessons and clinics. Public skating is available by reservation-only.

    January and Early February Programs: 

    Registration for programs beginning in January and early February continues to be available on the district website at this time. 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.

    If BPRD cancels a program, program fees will be credited to your account or refunded upon request.

    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 the 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’ limits on group size and travel advisories, there are no large or regional sports tournaments or community events being hosted at BPRD parks or facilities in 2020.

    • Community events and sport tournaments have been canceled or postponed accordingly.
    • Athletic fields are available for rent to small groups or clubs for non-contact sports practices and games with specific OHA COVID-19 guidance.
    • 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:

    Monday - Friday: 8:00 am  - 5:00 pm
    Saturday/Sunday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
    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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