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COVID-19 Updates for Bend Park & Recreation District

Updated June 22:

Parks and trails remain open.

Facility and Program Statuses:
All BPRD facilities are open. See BPRD Contact page for hours and details.
Recreation programs offered. | Virtual classes continue.

About Face Coverings and Vaccination Status:

BPRD face covering policy:

Outdoor activities: Face coverings are not required for outdoor activities including sports programs, outdoor swimming and roller skating, and when in parks and on trails.

Indoor activities: Face coverings are no longer required indoors if fully vaccinated and verified.

Exceptions: Indoor youth activities still require masks. Large outdoor gatherings or events reserving space on park district property may require masks.

See FAQs below for more details.

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

Visiting Parks & Trails

For all parks, trails and amenities:

For parks and trails, no face coverings are required on BPRD properties; however, they are strongly recommended when visitors are not able to maintain distancing. Additionally, private vendors and event staff with reservations in parks may require face coverings.

  • Parks and trails are open.
  • Park restrooms are open.
  • 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.
  • Distancing is recommended.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Recreation Facilities, Face Coverings and Vaccination Verification

Vaccination verification process at recreation facilities began Friday, May 21.

The Oregon Health Authority guidance says that face coverings may no longer be required indoors for individuals who are fully vaccinated if verified by staff. Therefore, vaccinated individuals may choose to verify their vaccination status upon entry to proceed with activities without masks. If not vaccinated or don’t have proof of vaccination, you must wear mask while indoors.

For convenience, BPRD will provide a one-time vaccine verification process to patrons with household accounts so you will not need to show vaccination records each time you visit a recreation facility. Simply bring your vaccination card (a copy or photo is fine) the next time you visit one of our facilities and we will verify for future visits.

Individuals are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

Facility-Specific Information:

Juniper Swim & Fitness Center: Masks are not required outdoors for the 50M pool and deck area. If accessing indoor areas or amenities, show vaccination verification (card or phone photo) to staff if you wish to remove mask while using indoor amenities. If not, wear mask while indoors at JSFC.

The Pavilion: Patrons must enter lobby wearing a mask. Masks are not required while outdoor at the rink for skaters or spectators. We ask everyone to maintain distance. Show vaccination verification (card or phone photo) to staff if wish to remove mask while using indoor amenities. If not, wear mask while indoors. Please maintain distancing with or without mask.

Larkspur Community Center and Bend Senior Center: Patrons must enter the facility wearing a mask. Show vaccination verification (card or phone photo) to front desk staff if you wish to remove mask. If you aren’t vaccinated or don’t wish to remove the mask, please continue to wear a mask. Please maintain distancing with or without mask.

Additionally, Larkspur Community Center check in does not have designated entrances for different activities. All users may enter through the Larkspur lobby or the Senior Center entrance during designated times.

What are details about outdoor sports?

Face coverings are no longer required outdoors. We continue to strongly advise participants, coaches, officials and spectators to maintain distance and skip handshakes and high fives. OHA recommends that individuals who are unvaccinated or who are at higher risk for COVID-19 continue to wear a face covering when at outdoor crowded areas and at outdoor large gatherings of individuals and maintain physical distancing.

Indoor Youth Programs and Summer Camps

Face coverings for indoor youth programs:
Indoor youth activities, including Kids Inc and Art Station programs as examples, still require masks. Some programs, such as Kids Inc, don’t require masks outdoors in accordance with school district rules.

Summer camps:
We are following guidance from OHA which requires masks indoors for summer camps.

Large Sports Tournaments & Community Events

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:

Mon - Thu: 5:30 am  - 8:30 pm
Fri: 5:30 am - 4:30 pm
Sat: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Questions? Contact:

Customer Service
General Inquiries: (541) 389-7275
Fitness/Swim: (541) 388-1133

Email Customer Service

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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