PUBLIC HEALTH ALERT: For all BPRD parks and trails
The parks and trails are calling and you want to play. It’s okay; you can with a few reminders:
No face coverings are required on BPRD parks and trails; however, they are strongly recommended when visitors are not able to maintain distancing.
Private vendors and event staff with reservations in parks may require face coverings.
OHA strongly 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.
Bring your own water. Drinking fountains are not available.
Wash/sanitize hands before and after any visit to a park or trail.
Consider visiting less popular parks and trails or at less popular times.
Keep dogs on leash; It’s the law in Bend except at designated off leash areas.
If you are sick, stay at home – do not use a park or trail.
Awbrey Reservoir (NW 10th and Trenton) 5 acres, partially fenced (not fully enclosed). Note: acreage is approximate.
Small Dog Areas: There are fenced small dog areas at the Riverbend, Pine Nursery and Ponderosa Park off-leash areas. The criteria for small dogs is less than 15 inches at the shoulder and under 25 pounds.
For a full listing of off-leash areas and opportunities in the region, go to www.dogpac.org
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.
When 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.