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Alpenglow Park

61049 Southeast 15th Street, Bend, OR, USA

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This 37-acre park is in one of Bend’s rapidly growing areas and will serve as a hub for recreation activities, community gatherings, opportunities to enjoy nature and connections to trails.

Alpenglow Park includes an open lawn area, bouldering, playground, seasonal sprayground, event pavilion, off-leash area for dogs, future demonstration garden, and several accessible trails and multi-use pathways.

Alpenglow Community Park from Bend Park & Recreation on Vimeo.

With less than 8% of the park space being lawn area, Alpenglow Park is intentionally abundant with natural areas. The views of the Cascades showcase the high desert landscape and incorporate mature stands of ponderosa pine and juniper trees.

Alpenglow also has accessible pathways and trail connections, bringing new recreation and transportation possibilities for a wide variety of users. There are 2.2 miles of ADA-accessible paved paths, including a 0.9-mile perimeter loop path. There are 1.3 miles of soft surface natural trail too.

The bouldering area is a first for a Bend park. Three structures include natural routes, set routes with hand-holds and accessible routes with rope assist climbing for adaptive climbers and climbers with disabilities.

The park also includes two shade structures, 2 restrooms, parking and 12 bike racks.

5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

61049 Southeast 15th Street, Bend, OR, USA (Directions)

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37 acres

Click here for Park Rules and Guidelines

Alpenglow Park – Picnic Shelter (by the restrooms)

Perfect for your next gathering, the picnic shelter is located near the playground and splash ground, and is just a short walk to the bouldering features. More info:

  • 6 rectangle picnic tables
  • Inflatable not permitted
  • Adjacent to paved trails, playground and splash pad
  • Restrooms and drinking fountain
  • Lighted shelter
  • Electrical outlet at shelter

Alpenglow Park – Covered Stage

Adjacent to an amphitheater-style grass lawn, this 39-foot by 17 -foot covered stage doubles as a covered picnic area when it’s not being used for events. More info:

  • Rectangle movable picnic tables
  • Inflatable not permitted
  • Adjacent to paved trails, playground and splash pad
  • Restrooms and drinking fountain
  • Electrical outlet at shelter

Learn more about this rental.

 

The bouldering area is another first for a Bend park. Three structures include natural routes, set routes with hand-holds and accessible routes with rope assist climbing for adaptive climbers and climbers with disabilities.

Climb at your own risk. Climbing involved inherent and other risks and cannot be made completely safe. Observing these practices does not guarantee you will be free from harm.

Rules of Use

Do not exceed established height limits. Understand your route before you begin climbing.
Seek qualified instruction. If you are unfamiliar with any aspect of bouldering, or landing a controlled fall, seek qualified instruction or appropriate supervision.
Watch out above and below. Don’t interfere with other climbers on the wall and check your descent route or fall zone when exiting.
Clear the fall zone. Don’t leave shoes, packs or other items where falling climbers might land on them.
Boulder over padded surface. We recommend use of supplemental pads. Position them properly and avoid landing on the edges. Do not move pads without informing other climbers on the wall.
Every fall is a ground fall. Be aware that you may lose your grip or footing, or that holds may break or spin, resulting in a fall. Falls from any height can cause serious injury or death.
Report unsafe conditions or behavior. Contact BPRD at (541) 388-5435 with questions or to report damage.

Routes

The bouldering area includes multiple types of climbing routes.

Natural Routes

The climbing surface is natural rock-like that has been enhanced with climbing features such as climbable cracks, gaps, ledges and overhangs. These features add the ability for climbing routes without hand-holds.

Set Routes

Part of the climbing surface is designed to use hand-holds. Beginning of routes are identified by the use of color-coded medallions or tags.

parents watching their kids play on the alpenglow spraygroundThe seasonal sprayground is the first of its kind for the park district and an often-requested park amenity.

Water play provides a wide range of users the space to develop social, emotional, cognitive and physical skills.

In addition to providing a space for users of all ages, abilities and socioeconomic backgrounds, the new sprayground will provide a reprieve from hot weather, free of charge.

The sprayground is controlled by a timer and sensors, using less than 4 gallons of water per minute cycle.

Reclaimed water from the sprayground will enter landscape swales in the parking lot and eventually return a portion of water to the natural water table.

Seven Steps of the Sprayground System

Potable Water Supply
Water supplied to this sprayground comes from a domestic service and is treated to levels that that meet state and federal standards for consumption.

Sprayground Management System
The operation and management of the sprayground is controlled by BPRD staff using a smart controller and wall mounted manifold. This technology allows the district to have full control over hours of operation, length of time sprays remain active and the amount of water used each day.

infographic of the seven steps of the park's sprayground system

Activation Bollard
Spray features are activated by someone pressing the button on the activator post. This sends a signal to the controller and manifold, allowing the spray sequence to begin.

Spray Features
Fourteen ground and boulder sprays evoke thoughtful and imaginative play for kids and adults of all abilities. The sensory experience provides a new and exciting opportunity for community members to play, engage and grow.

Water Collection
After water has been circulated through the system, it is then collected using specialized and strategically placed drains and diverted to begin the reclamation process.

Irrigation
Reclaimed water from the sprayground enters the landscape swales located in the park’s main parking lot, irrigating the plant material in those specific landscape beds. In addition to conserving potable water, water reuse can save money, as the reclaimed water lowers the overall demand of new water being pulled into the site.

Perhaps most importantly, reclaimed water use allows BPRD to provide this amenity to the public without additional demand on the potable water system.

Percolation
Once the reclaimed water has passed through the landscape beds, it naturally filters through the earth, making its way to replenish the natural water table.

The off-leash dog areas at Alpenglow Community Park feature agility course obstacles, which is a first for Bend Park and Recreation District.

Course features can be found both in the large and small-dog areas and include a see saw, A-frame, tunnel, weave poles and more.

Dogs are a part of many Bendites’ lives and involved with their owners in many recreational adventures. In Bend, there’s so much to do with your four-legged friend including:

  • Walk and run on the trails and paths
  • Swim in the Deschutes River
  • Play, walk and run off-leash at nine off-leash areas.

No matter the activity or adventure, it’s important that dog owners manage their dog responsibly so that everyone can enjoy the parks and trails.

City of Bend law and Bend Park & Recreation District rules require that:

  • Dogs are to be leashed up in public except in official off-leash areas.
  • Dog owners are to clean up after their dog. To help out, dog waste bags and trash receptacles are available at many Bend parks and trails.

Off-Leash Area Rules

Off-Leash Areas in Bend ParksThe intent of these rules is to create a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for all park users.

  • No aggressive dogs allowed. Immediately remove your dog from the park if it is misbehaving or acting in an aggressive manner.
  • Keep dogs on leash outside designated off-leash areas.
  • Pick up and dispose of your dog’s waste.
  • Remain in visual site and voice control of your dog at all times.
  • Carry a leash for each dog in your care.
  • Closely supervise young children. Children under the age of 12 may not be in the off-leash area unsupervised.
  • Accept responsibility for any damage or injury caused by your dog.
  • Bring no more than three dogs to the off-leash area at any time.
  • Do not bring a dog in heat to a Bend park.
  • Do not bring a puppy without a complete cycle of vaccinations to a Bend park.
  • Display tags showing proof of current license and rabies vaccinations on all dogs.
  • Consider using natural materials like sticks when playing with your dog in the river.
  • Please be courteous to neighbors and control excessive barking.

Download a Visitor’s Guide to Dog Parks with tips for having a positive experience at a dog off-leash area.

Kids in Off-Leash Areas

Children under the age of 12 are not allowed in Bend off-leash areas unsupervised. Here is some guidance for those with children in an off-leash area:

  • Not all dogs are child-friendly. Do not allow your child to approach or pet a strange dog without the owner’s presence and approval.
  • A running, squealing or screaming child may become a target for many dogs, because the child resembles an injured animal or prey.
  • Do not let your child have toys or food in an off-leash area.
  • Children are more susceptible to contracting intestinal worms and other infections from touching grass where feces or urine are present. Be sure your children (and you) always wear shoes in an off-leash park area and wash hands after touching dog play toys.

Small Dogs in Off-Leash Areas

Ponderosa Small Dog Area entranceWhen it comes to off-leash areas, a designated space for small dogs to have a play and activity level that's in their proportion rather than with big dogs can be a great option for small dog owners.

Currently, there are fenced small dog areas at Riverbend, Pine Nursery and Ponderosa Parks. The criteria for small dogs is less than 15 inches at the shoulder and under 25 pounds.

If you would like to comment on the small dog parks, email us at info@bendparksandrec.org or call (541) 389-7275.

Learn more about dog-friendly parks and off-leash areas

This garden is a collaboration by Bend Park & Recreation District, Oregon State University Extension Service and Central Oregon Master Gardener Association.

Our garden highlights four distinct types of gardening to appeal to a wide variety of gardeners in Central Oregon. Each type of garden design demonstrates plants best suited to the high desert including those that may be pollinator friendly, fire-resistant, native or water-wise.

The garden combines a selection of adaptable plants and sustainable landscape practices, resulting in an attractive and thriving garden design. Our beds feature four designs including low maintenance, small urban, pollinator and fire-resistant.

As you stroll through our garden, note the variety of groundcovers, perennials, trees and shrubs that have been planted. Use the plant labels to identify plants that you like, paying special attention to plant groupings.

Look for signs that illustrate key characteristics of each unique garden design and apply these principles to your own home landscape.

Be inspired by the serenity and beauty of the garden!

We love our furry friends, but please no pets in the garden.

We’re happy to share that Alpenglow Park’s art piece, Zenith, was installed at the park in August 2022. On behalf of Art in Public Places, BPRD and the BPRD Foundation, thank you again to the more than 1,400 people who submitted input on the art sculpture for Alpenglow Park.

The sculpture is made of cor-ten steel and is 18-20 feet tall.

“The intention for the design was to create a work that has a symbiotic relationship with the natural environment with it’s simple reaching shapes and natural patina finish,” said artist Troy Pillow.

Why are there goats at Alpenglow Park?

Goats are temporarily located at Alpenglow Community Park to assist with natural resource management and weed reduction. This is a creative approach to our integrated pest management program.

How long will the goats be at the park?

This is a temporary treatment that should be concluded within 3-5 days, wrapping up in early October. The goal is to greatly reduce the weeds on the north end of the park as a complement to our other efforts that include hand-pulling, chemical treatment and prioritizing native grasses and plants.

Is this allowable within city limits?

Yes, we checked in with the City of Bend to ensure compliance with city code before starting the project.

How are the goats being cared for?

The goats have 24/7 supervision by a goat herder who will remain on-site for the duration of the project.

What safety precautions are being taken?

The goats are within an enclosed electronic fence with signage to encourage park users, including dogs, to stay away from the area to ensure safety for the goats and park users. We ask for compliance in keeping away from the goats. This is not a petting zoo experience.

What benefits do goats have over other weed management options?

Goatscaping has grown in recent years and is used in many areas as part of a pest management program. Goats make a quick impact by consuming mature weeds. They also kill seeds in the process of digesting and producing waste that create short-term and long-term reduction in weeds. Learn more about the science at: https://extension.umn.edu/news/rising-trend-goatscaping.

Is this the first time BPRD has used goats?

Yes, the idea was proposed by a member of the Natural Resources team and we are hopeful that it can be a beneficial chemical-free tool in our program.

Do you plan to use goats in other locations?

We had an opportunity come up earlier this week at Skyline Park with a smaller herd of goats. Now, the Alpenglow Park herd is on site. We’ll assess the results and determine if it might be useful in other locations in the future.

What is the breed of goat?

They are Boer goats and are part of a rental herd based in Terrebonne.

What weeds are they controlling?

The target species is kochia (Bassia scoparia). They will also graze on Russian Thistle (salsoala tragus), spotted knapweed (centaurea stoebe ), flixweed (descurainia sophia), tumble mustard (sisymbrium altissmum).

What are the goat costs?

The goat rental is $3,200. The cost of the project includes goat rental, dog rental, transportation, daily site monitoring, supplements and healthcare for the goats and dogs, fencing and insurance.

features

Rental info

Alpenglow Park – Picnic Shelter (by the restrooms)

Perfect for your next gathering, the picnic shelter is located near the playground and splash ground, and is just a short walk to the bouldering features. More info:

  • 6 rectangle picnic tables
  • Inflatable not permitted
  • Adjacent to paved trails, playground and splash pad
  • Restrooms and drinking fountain
  • Lighted shelter
  • Electrical outlet at shelter

Alpenglow Park – Covered Stage

Adjacent to an amphitheater-style grass lawn, this 39-foot by 17 -foot covered stage doubles as a covered picnic area when it’s not being used for events. More info:

  • Rectangle movable picnic tables
  • Inflatable not permitted
  • Adjacent to paved trails, playground and splash pad
  • Restrooms and drinking fountain
  • Electrical outlet at shelter

Learn more about this rental.

Bouldering

 

The bouldering area is another first for a Bend park. Three structures include natural routes, set routes with hand-holds and accessible routes with rope assist climbing for adaptive climbers and climbers with disabilities.

Climb at your own risk. Climbing involved inherent and other risks and cannot be made completely safe. Observing these practices does not guarantee you will be free from harm.

Rules of Use

Do not exceed established height limits. Understand your route before you begin climbing.
Seek qualified instruction. If you are unfamiliar with any aspect of bouldering, or landing a controlled fall, seek qualified instruction or appropriate supervision.
Watch out above and below. Don’t interfere with other climbers on the wall and check your descent route or fall zone when exiting.
Clear the fall zone. Don’t leave shoes, packs or other items where falling climbers might land on them.
Boulder over padded surface. We recommend use of supplemental pads. Position them properly and avoid landing on the edges. Do not move pads without informing other climbers on the wall.
Every fall is a ground fall. Be aware that you may lose your grip or footing, or that holds may break or spin, resulting in a fall. Falls from any height can cause serious injury or death.
Report unsafe conditions or behavior. Contact BPRD at (541) 388-5435 with questions or to report damage.

Routes

The bouldering area includes multiple types of climbing routes.

Natural Routes

The climbing surface is natural rock-like that has been enhanced with climbing features such as climbable cracks, gaps, ledges and overhangs. These features add the ability for climbing routes without hand-holds.

Set Routes

Part of the climbing surface is designed to use hand-holds. Beginning of routes are identified by the use of color-coded medallions or tags.

Sprayground

parents watching their kids play on the alpenglow spraygroundThe seasonal sprayground is the first of its kind for the park district and an often-requested park amenity.

Water play provides a wide range of users the space to develop social, emotional, cognitive and physical skills.

In addition to providing a space for users of all ages, abilities and socioeconomic backgrounds, the new sprayground will provide a reprieve from hot weather, free of charge.

The sprayground is controlled by a timer and sensors, using less than 4 gallons of water per minute cycle.

Reclaimed water from the sprayground will enter landscape swales in the parking lot and eventually return a portion of water to the natural water table.

Seven Steps of the Sprayground System

Potable Water Supply
Water supplied to this sprayground comes from a domestic service and is treated to levels that that meet state and federal standards for consumption.

Sprayground Management System
The operation and management of the sprayground is controlled by BPRD staff using a smart controller and wall mounted manifold. This technology allows the district to have full control over hours of operation, length of time sprays remain active and the amount of water used each day.

infographic of the seven steps of the park's sprayground system

Activation Bollard
Spray features are activated by someone pressing the button on the activator post. This sends a signal to the controller and manifold, allowing the spray sequence to begin.

Spray Features
Fourteen ground and boulder sprays evoke thoughtful and imaginative play for kids and adults of all abilities. The sensory experience provides a new and exciting opportunity for community members to play, engage and grow.

Water Collection
After water has been circulated through the system, it is then collected using specialized and strategically placed drains and diverted to begin the reclamation process.

Irrigation
Reclaimed water from the sprayground enters the landscape swales located in the park’s main parking lot, irrigating the plant material in those specific landscape beds. In addition to conserving potable water, water reuse can save money, as the reclaimed water lowers the overall demand of new water being pulled into the site.

Perhaps most importantly, reclaimed water use allows BPRD to provide this amenity to the public without additional demand on the potable water system.

Percolation
Once the reclaimed water has passed through the landscape beds, it naturally filters through the earth, making its way to replenish the natural water table.

Dog Off-Leash Area

The off-leash dog areas at Alpenglow Community Park feature agility course obstacles, which is a first for Bend Park and Recreation District.

Course features can be found both in the large and small-dog areas and include a see saw, A-frame, tunnel, weave poles and more.

Dogs are a part of many Bendites’ lives and involved with their owners in many recreational adventures. In Bend, there’s so much to do with your four-legged friend including:

  • Walk and run on the trails and paths
  • Swim in the Deschutes River
  • Play, walk and run off-leash at nine off-leash areas.

No matter the activity or adventure, it’s important that dog owners manage their dog responsibly so that everyone can enjoy the parks and trails.

City of Bend law and Bend Park & Recreation District rules require that:

  • Dogs are to be leashed up in public except in official off-leash areas.
  • Dog owners are to clean up after their dog. To help out, dog waste bags and trash receptacles are available at many Bend parks and trails.

Off-Leash Area Rules

Off-Leash Areas in Bend ParksThe intent of these rules is to create a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for all park users.

  • No aggressive dogs allowed. Immediately remove your dog from the park if it is misbehaving or acting in an aggressive manner.
  • Keep dogs on leash outside designated off-leash areas.
  • Pick up and dispose of your dog’s waste.
  • Remain in visual site and voice control of your dog at all times.
  • Carry a leash for each dog in your care.
  • Closely supervise young children. Children under the age of 12 may not be in the off-leash area unsupervised.
  • Accept responsibility for any damage or injury caused by your dog.
  • Bring no more than three dogs to the off-leash area at any time.
  • Do not bring a dog in heat to a Bend park.
  • Do not bring a puppy without a complete cycle of vaccinations to a Bend park.
  • Display tags showing proof of current license and rabies vaccinations on all dogs.
  • Consider using natural materials like sticks when playing with your dog in the river.
  • Please be courteous to neighbors and control excessive barking.

Download a Visitor’s Guide to Dog Parks with tips for having a positive experience at a dog off-leash area.

Kids in Off-Leash Areas

Children under the age of 12 are not allowed in Bend off-leash areas unsupervised. Here is some guidance for those with children in an off-leash area:

  • Not all dogs are child-friendly. Do not allow your child to approach or pet a strange dog without the owner’s presence and approval.
  • A running, squealing or screaming child may become a target for many dogs, because the child resembles an injured animal or prey.
  • Do not let your child have toys or food in an off-leash area.
  • Children are more susceptible to contracting intestinal worms and other infections from touching grass where feces or urine are present. Be sure your children (and you) always wear shoes in an off-leash park area and wash hands after touching dog play toys.

Small Dogs in Off-Leash Areas

Ponderosa Small Dog Area entranceWhen it comes to off-leash areas, a designated space for small dogs to have a play and activity level that's in their proportion rather than with big dogs can be a great option for small dog owners.

Currently, there are fenced small dog areas at Riverbend, Pine Nursery and Ponderosa Parks. The criteria for small dogs is less than 15 inches at the shoulder and under 25 pounds.

If you would like to comment on the small dog parks, email us at info@bendparksandrec.org or call (541) 389-7275.

Learn more about dog-friendly parks and off-leash areas

Demonstration Garden

This garden is a collaboration by Bend Park & Recreation District, Oregon State University Extension Service and Central Oregon Master Gardener Association.

Our garden highlights four distinct types of gardening to appeal to a wide variety of gardeners in Central Oregon. Each type of garden design demonstrates plants best suited to the high desert including those that may be pollinator friendly, fire-resistant, native or water-wise.

The garden combines a selection of adaptable plants and sustainable landscape practices, resulting in an attractive and thriving garden design. Our beds feature four designs including low maintenance, small urban, pollinator and fire-resistant.

As you stroll through our garden, note the variety of groundcovers, perennials, trees and shrubs that have been planted. Use the plant labels to identify plants that you like, paying special attention to plant groupings.

Look for signs that illustrate key characteristics of each unique garden design and apply these principles to your own home landscape.

Be inspired by the serenity and beauty of the garden!

We love our furry friends, but please no pets in the garden.

Park Map

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Art in Public Places

We’re happy to share that Alpenglow Park’s art piece, Zenith, was installed at the park in August 2022. On behalf of Art in Public Places, BPRD and the BPRD Foundation, thank you again to the more than 1,400 people who submitted input on the art sculpture for Alpenglow Park.

The sculpture is made of cor-ten steel and is 18-20 feet tall.

“The intention for the design was to create a work that has a symbiotic relationship with the natural environment with it’s simple reaching shapes and natural patina finish,” said artist Troy Pillow.

Goatscaping Project FAQ

Why are there goats at Alpenglow Park?

Goats are temporarily located at Alpenglow Community Park to assist with natural resource management and weed reduction. This is a creative approach to our integrated pest management program.

How long will the goats be at the park?

This is a temporary treatment that should be concluded within 3-5 days, wrapping up in early October. The goal is to greatly reduce the weeds on the north end of the park as a complement to our other efforts that include hand-pulling, chemical treatment and prioritizing native grasses and plants.

Is this allowable within city limits?

Yes, we checked in with the City of Bend to ensure compliance with city code before starting the project.

How are the goats being cared for?

The goats have 24/7 supervision by a goat herder who will remain on-site for the duration of the project.

What safety precautions are being taken?

The goats are within an enclosed electronic fence with signage to encourage park users, including dogs, to stay away from the area to ensure safety for the goats and park users. We ask for compliance in keeping away from the goats. This is not a petting zoo experience.

What benefits do goats have over other weed management options?

Goatscaping has grown in recent years and is used in many areas as part of a pest management program. Goats make a quick impact by consuming mature weeds. They also kill seeds in the process of digesting and producing waste that create short-term and long-term reduction in weeds. Learn more about the science at: https://extension.umn.edu/news/rising-trend-goatscaping.

Is this the first time BPRD has used goats?

Yes, the idea was proposed by a member of the Natural Resources team and we are hopeful that it can be a beneficial chemical-free tool in our program.

Do you plan to use goats in other locations?

We had an opportunity come up earlier this week at Skyline Park with a smaller herd of goats. Now, the Alpenglow Park herd is on site. We’ll assess the results and determine if it might be useful in other locations in the future.

What is the breed of goat?

They are Boer goats and are part of a rental herd based in Terrebonne.

What weeds are they controlling?

The target species is kochia (Bassia scoparia). They will also graze on Russian Thistle (salsoala tragus), spotted knapweed (centaurea stoebe ), flixweed (descurainia sophia), tumble mustard (sisymbrium altissmum).

What are the goat costs?

The goat rental is $3,200. The cost of the project includes goat rental, dog rental, transportation, daily site monitoring, supplements and healthcare for the goats and dogs, fencing and insurance.