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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.
  • Learn More.

    Business Use of a Park, Picnic Shelter or Facility

    Parks and recreation facilities provide people with places to connect to the natural environment and to recreate. With that understood, at times there are opportunities for businesses to use District properties that enhance the user experience or fulfill a community need.

    Business operations include, but are not limited to: sale, rental or promotion of merchandise or service; the provision of a paid service or program. Such examples could be:

    • Sales meeting
    • Fitness class
    • Personal sports coach
    • Arts and crafts class
    • Commercial film shoot
    • Business reception
    • Product demonstrations

    Get Started: Business Park Rental Instructions

    In order for a business to operate in or on District property, a business must request permission from the District and be properly permitted for the activity.

    Please follow the steps below to get started.

    1. Review the criteria under which a business may operate on District property. A business may operate on District property under the following scenarios:

    a. The business is contracted with the District to provide a special service such as public safety or information.

    b. The business operation is approved through a lease agreement.

    c. The business provides proof of sufficient liability coverage through the submittal of a certificate of insurance which meets our requirements.

    d. The business has reserved a District facility or park to provide a one-time service or activity to invited guests.

    e. The business wishes to operate a scheduled or programmed activity to invited guests (recreation program, camp, fitness, instructional class).

    2. Review the criteria that the District will use to make a decision on approval. Requests for reserved or permitted park use, whether commercial, not-for-profit or private will be based on the following criteria:

    a. The proposed activity does not conflict with other public park uses, impede care and maintenance of the park, detract from general park visitor use or enjoyment or directly compete with a District operated or contracted program.

    b. The activity is being provided to invited guests only.

    c. District rules, regulations and processes have been abided to in the past.

    d. There are no outstanding fees or charges.

    3. Complete and submit the Park Use Request Form. Please allow at least two business days for your request to be reviewed. Not all requests are permitted.

    Questions?  Call Rentals & Reservations at (541) 706-6149 or email FacilityRentals@bendparksandrec.org.

    Business-Use Fees:

    The following permit fees are for business operating in parks. All permit fees require insurance.

    Type of Business Groups of 5 - 10 Groups of 11 - 30
    Single Day
    501(c)(3) $15.00 $25.00
    Commercial $25.00 $40.00
    Monthly
    501(c)(3) $75.00 $150.00
    Commercial $150.00 $300.00
    3-Month
    501(c)(3) $175.00 $350.00
    Commercial $350.00 $700.00

    Business use with more than 30 attendees, requires a picnic shelter reservation. Please see our picnic shelter rental webpage for more information.

    Parks

    Parks – Grass Areas

    Some parks are available for business use that falls under the following parameters:

    • No more than 1.5 hours per session
    • No more than two sessions per day
    • No more than three days per week

    Parks – Picnic Areas and Shelters

    Park picnic areas and shelters may be reserved for family, non-profit or business use. Business activities may occur in a picnic shelter so long as the business is conducted to invited guests and not the general public. Insurance is required for all business and commercial activities.

    A shelter or designated picnic area may not be reserved for consecutive and/or recurring use (such as every Monday/Wednesday/Friday) in order to allow sufficient opportunity for general public use.

    To reserve a picnic shelter or picnic area for business use, check out our rentals page for more info.

    Parks – Off-Leash Dog Areas

    Off-leash dog areas are not suitable for business use permits. Any dog training business use must be conducted with dogs on-leash at all times.

    Trails

    Trails may not be reserved for private use. Running/walking events require a reservation and adherence to public event reservation procedures. 

    Fields

    Athletic fields are reserved through our sports field rental process. For more info, please visit our athletic field rentals page.

    Courts

    Tennis and Pickleball Courts

    Tennis and pickleball courts are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are not available for private, reserved use. Courts are not available for individual reservation. Courts may be reserved for District-approved activities and events.

    Horseshoe Courts

    Horseshoe courts at Juniper Park are not available for individual reservation. Courts may be reserved for District-approved activities and events.

     

    Questions about sports fields and courts? Contact:

    Rentals and Reservations
    Email

    Deposits

    Refundable deposits may be due depending on the type and group size of the rental. Deposit amounts vary by reservation. Providing there is no damage to the park and no additional clean up is required, the deposit will be returned in full within 10 business days.

    Insurance

    To protect public assets, BPRD requires all commercial park users to provide general liability insurance naming Bend Park and Recreation District as additionally insured. Private park users need to provide insurance when an activity involves the consumption of alcohol, has more than 60 people in attendance, and/or is deemed necessary by the District.  Insurance is due no less than 30 days prior to the reservation date(s).

    Please see the insurance packet for more information.

    Metal Detector Use Application

    In order to operate a metal detector on District property, one must have a metal detector permit in their possession. The permit provides the holder with information on park rules and regulations and how to properly use a metal detector on District property.

    Metal detector permits are available free of charge through the online form below, or through Park Services, 1675 SW Simpson, p. (541) 388-5435, hours 7:30 am – 4:00 pm, Monday – Friday.

    • Virtual Application

      Filling the form below will process your request. You will receive an email copy of your permit. Please keep and carry your permit while detecting.


      Conditions for Use of Metal Detectors

      Please read terms and conditions below, fill out permit and hit "process request" button to submit your application


      • Applicant must carry this permit while detecting and show it to authorities when it is asked for.
      • The use of metal detectors is prohibited in any park district property without the written permission.
      • This permit is for one year from the issue date and must be renewed annually.
      • The use of metal detectors is permitted only in areas designated by the park district. Metal detecting is not allowed in parks under construction.
      • The probing and digging of items is limited to the use of an ice pick, screwdriver or small knife. The use of larger digging tools is prohibited.
      • All turf, dirt, etc. must be left in the original condition prior to digging.
      • All Federal and State antiquity laws must be obeyed. Arrowheads must be returned where they were found.
      • There is no metal detecting allowed in any athletic field or Hollinshead, Shevlin, Tillicum, Sawyer, Riley Ranch Nature Reserve, First Street Rapids East side (formerly Davis) parks.
      • Reference BMPRD Rules & Regulations: Article I, Section 2, 10.

    • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY

    Commercial Photography/Videography/Film Permit – $50 per day/per location, plus any necessary reservation and rental fees.

    1. A single professional photographer with a portable camera does not require a permit or District notification.
    2. Professional media production or activity requires a scope of activity and possible evidence of prescribed liability insurance based on risk. Should production require exclusive use of parkland, staff time or other District resources, a permit, park reservation and associated fees apply.
    3. For film permits, please complete and submit a BPRD Commercial Film/Photography/Videography Permit Request.
    4. Requests are to be made a minimum of seven business days in advance of the requested date(s). For more complicated requests with any of the following – multiple dates and locations, exclusive use, activities outside of park rules, large groups (20+) a variety of equipment/vehicles on site – 30 days in advance is strongly advised.
    5. Questions about using a park or facility for a commercial shoot? Contact:
    Colleen McNally
    Marketing Manager
    Email Colleen McNally

    Bryan Longoria
    Marketing Coordinator
    Email Bryan Longoria

    To conduct business at McKay Park and/or Miller’s Landing Park adjacent to the Bend Whitewater Park, there is a permit process that requires proof of insurance coverage.  This is the process for sale, rental or promotions of merchandise or service; the provision of a paid service or program, instruction or training that includes use of dry land for anything more than quick transportation in or out of the Deschutes River.

    The public is always welcome in our parks; therefore, a permitted business does not have exclusive use and business activity may not adversely impact general public use.

    Permit requirements: General liability insurance of $2M naming BPRD as additionally insured is required. Classes operating in the Deschutes River must abide by all Oregon State Marine Board rules and regulations.

    Permit use: Permit holders and class participants do not have exclusive use of the park. Class activities may not adversely impact general public use of the parkland or in the Bend Whitewater Park. Areas of use in the whitewater park include the Whitewater Channel and the Passageway Channel. The island adjacent to the Whitewater Channel cannot be reserved as part of a park reservation. Use of the island is open for the public at all times.

    Permit holders must have a copy of their permit with them during permitted use.

    Business Use in Water Only: Conducting business in the water only at the Bend Whitewater Park– without any use of river bank or the island — does not require a permit or insurance coverage by the Bend Park and Recreation District; however, it does require an Oregon State Marine Board Outfitter Guide Registration Card.  The Marine Board has authority for the water way and is a great resource for questions or assistance applying for outfitter guide registration.

    For a quality experience for participants, please conduct in-water activities in non-peak times and days. The Bend Whitewater Park is a public park and is heavily used in afternoons and weekends during the summer.

    To avoid conflicts with other users, the District recommends classes/lessons be conducted in down times (5 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.) or during the off season (October-April).

    Parks & Trails

    Parks

    Parks – Grass Areas

    Some parks are available for business use that falls under the following parameters:

    • No more than 1.5 hours per session
    • No more than two sessions per day
    • No more than three days per week

    Parks – Picnic Areas and Shelters

    Park picnic areas and shelters may be reserved for family, non-profit or business use. Business activities may occur in a picnic shelter so long as the business is conducted to invited guests and not the general public. Insurance is required for all business and commercial activities.

    A shelter or designated picnic area may not be reserved for consecutive and/or recurring use (such as every Monday/Wednesday/Friday) in order to allow sufficient opportunity for general public use.

    To reserve a picnic shelter or picnic area for business use, check out our rentals page for more info.

    Parks – Off-Leash Dog Areas

    Off-leash dog areas are not suitable for business use permits. Any dog training business use must be conducted with dogs on-leash at all times.

    Trails

    Trails may not be reserved for private use. Running/walking events require a reservation and adherence to public event reservation procedures. 

    Sports Fields &
    Courts

    Fields

    Athletic fields are reserved through our sports field rental process. For more info, please visit our athletic field rentals page.

    Courts

    Tennis and Pickleball Courts

    Tennis and pickleball courts are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are not available for private, reserved use. Courts are not available for individual reservation. Courts may be reserved for District-approved activities and events.

    Horseshoe Courts

    Horseshoe courts at Juniper Park are not available for individual reservation. Courts may be reserved for District-approved activities and events.

     

    Questions about sports fields and courts? Contact:

    Rentals and Reservations
    Email

    Deposits &
    Insurance

    Deposits

    Refundable deposits may be due depending on the type and group size of the rental. Deposit amounts vary by reservation. Providing there is no damage to the park and no additional clean up is required, the deposit will be returned in full within 10 business days.

    Insurance

    To protect public assets, BPRD requires all commercial park users to provide general liability insurance naming Bend Park and Recreation District as additionally insured. Private park users need to provide insurance when an activity involves the consumption of alcohol, has more than 60 people in attendance, and/or is deemed necessary by the District.  Insurance is due no less than 30 days prior to the reservation date(s).

    Please see the insurance packet for more information.

    Metal Detector
    Use Permit

    Metal Detector Use Application

    In order to operate a metal detector on District property, one must have a metal detector permit in their possession. The permit provides the holder with information on park rules and regulations and how to properly use a metal detector on District property.

    Metal detector permits are available free of charge through the online form below, or through Park Services, 1675 SW Simpson, p. (541) 388-5435, hours 7:30 am – 4:00 pm, Monday – Friday.

    • Virtual Application

      Filling the form below will process your request. You will receive an email copy of your permit. Please keep and carry your permit while detecting.


      Conditions for Use of Metal Detectors

      Please read terms and conditions below, fill out permit and hit "process request" button to submit your application


      • Applicant must carry this permit while detecting and show it to authorities when it is asked for.
      • The use of metal detectors is prohibited in any park district property without the written permission.
      • This permit is for one year from the issue date and must be renewed annually.
      • The use of metal detectors is permitted only in areas designated by the park district. Metal detecting is not allowed in parks under construction.
      • The probing and digging of items is limited to the use of an ice pick, screwdriver or small knife. The use of larger digging tools is prohibited.
      • All turf, dirt, etc. must be left in the original condition prior to digging.
      • All Federal and State antiquity laws must be obeyed. Arrowheads must be returned where they were found.
      • There is no metal detecting allowed in any athletic field or Hollinshead, Shevlin, Tillicum, Sawyer, Riley Ranch Nature Reserve, First Street Rapids East side (formerly Davis) parks.
      • Reference BMPRD Rules & Regulations: Article I, Section 2, 10.

    • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY

    Film Permit

    Commercial Photography/Videography/Film Permit – $50 per day/per location, plus any necessary reservation and rental fees.

    1. A single professional photographer with a portable camera does not require a permit or District notification.
    2. Professional media production or activity requires a scope of activity and possible evidence of prescribed liability insurance based on risk. Should production require exclusive use of parkland, staff time or other District resources, a permit, park reservation and associated fees apply.
    3. For film permits, please complete and submit a BPRD Commercial Film/Photography/Videography Permit Request.
    4. Requests are to be made a minimum of seven business days in advance of the requested date(s). For more complicated requests with any of the following – multiple dates and locations, exclusive use, activities outside of park rules, large groups (20+) a variety of equipment/vehicles on site – 30 days in advance is strongly advised.
    5. Questions about using a park or facility for a commercial shoot? Contact:
    Colleen McNally
    Marketing Manager
    Email Colleen McNally

    Bryan Longoria
    Marketing Coordinator
    Email Bryan Longoria

    Bend Whitewater
    Park

    To conduct business at McKay Park and/or Miller’s Landing Park adjacent to the Bend Whitewater Park, there is a permit process that requires proof of insurance coverage.  This is the process for sale, rental or promotions of merchandise or service; the provision of a paid service or program, instruction or training that includes use of dry land for anything more than quick transportation in or out of the Deschutes River.

    The public is always welcome in our parks; therefore, a permitted business does not have exclusive use and business activity may not adversely impact general public use.

    Permit requirements: General liability insurance of $2M naming BPRD as additionally insured is required. Classes operating in the Deschutes River must abide by all Oregon State Marine Board rules and regulations.

    Permit use: Permit holders and class participants do not have exclusive use of the park. Class activities may not adversely impact general public use of the parkland or in the Bend Whitewater Park. Areas of use in the whitewater park include the Whitewater Channel and the Passageway Channel. The island adjacent to the Whitewater Channel cannot be reserved as part of a park reservation. Use of the island is open for the public at all times.

    Permit holders must have a copy of their permit with them during permitted use.

    Business Use in Water Only: Conducting business in the water only at the Bend Whitewater Park– without any use of river bank or the island — does not require a permit or insurance coverage by the Bend Park and Recreation District; however, it does require an Oregon State Marine Board Outfitter Guide Registration Card.  The Marine Board has authority for the water way and is a great resource for questions or assistance applying for outfitter guide registration.

    For a quality experience for participants, please conduct in-water activities in non-peak times and days. The Bend Whitewater Park is a public park and is heavily used in afternoons and weekends during the summer.

    To avoid conflicts with other users, the District recommends classes/lessons be conducted in down times (5 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.) or during the off season (October-April).