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Big Sky Park Expansion

21690 NE Neff Rd, Bend, OR, United States

Project Phase

  • PLANNING
  • DESIGN
  • PERMITTING
  • CONSTRUCTION

Project Overview

Big Sky Park currently has baseball, softball and multi-purpose sports fields, a playground and a privately run BMX track. An updated master plan calls for a wider range of recreational opportunities while also improving safety, increasing accessibility and adapting to changing recreational needs.

In collaboration with community partners, a new bike park for beginners to professional riders in the undeveloped areas to the west and north of the existing sports complex will offer family trails, single track trails, a cyclocross course, a slopestyle terrain park, pump track, kids bike play/learning area, skills development trail, and trials area.  Plans also include a new entrance/exit off Hamby that will serve as shared access for the park and Buckingham Elementary School, additional parking for approximately 80 vehicles, and improved pedestrian circulation.

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The Big Sky Park expansion project schedule is delayed due to impacts from COVID 19. Once a new schedule is available information will be provided. Thank you for your patience as we work through this difficult and evolving situation. 

Located at the corner of Hamby and Neff Roads at 21690 NE Neff Rd.

$4.16 million

Property Taxes and System Development Charges

TBD

Contact Information

For more information on the Big Sky Park Expansion, please contact

Bronwen Mastro

Landscape Architect

Tel: (541) 706-6152

Email: bronwenm@bendparksandrec.org

February 2020 – Project bidding for construction (expected)

January 2019 – County Land Use Permit, off-leash dog area expansion

February 2017- BPRD Board approves Master Plan

July 2017 – Big Sky Park Open House

January 2017- Open house with neighbors

November 2016- Two roundtable meetings with current user groups to discuss park usage

June 2016- BPRD staff meets with Bend-LaPine School District staff to discuss the new entrance on Hamby Rd.

May-July 2016- BPRD staff completes an internal audit to discover opportunities and constraints at the park.

Fall 2003- Last master plan update

What is planned for the next phase of development at Big Sky Park?
BPRD is very excited to enhance use at Big Sky Park.  Updating the master plan after 15 years created an opportunity to revisit activities and needs in our community. Improvements to the park in this next phase include:

  • Improved traffic flow and parking.
  • New point of access and exit to Hamby Road that will serve as a common access for the park and Buckingham Elementary School.
  • Additional parking for 80 vehicles.
  • Asphalt pump track
  • Slopestyle trails ranging from beginner to professional difficulty level.
  • Cyclocross and single track trails
  • Bike trials area
  • Children’s skill area
  • Bike skills development trail
  • Multi-purpose loop trail around the park.
  • Area for electric-powered radio-controlled (RC) cars
  • Off-lease dog area expansion (completed Winter 2019)

Will the sports fields change with this development?
No, the sports fields will remain the same. Improvements were made to the infield of Field #3 in winter 18/19.

Will there be lighting added at Big Sky?
Lighting is not a part of this project.

Will the proposed entrance and addition parking help with the traffic congestion?
It is anticipated that the new entrance from Hamby Rd. and the additional parking will ease congestion for park visitors and improve safety where pedestrians and vehicles are sharing spaces.

Will there be bike races with the development of the bike park?
There may be bike races with the development of the bike park. Cyclocross racing promoters are excited about having more bike races in Bend. Depending on the development of the rest of the bike features, there may be other types of races. Any future organized activities will be planned and communicated in advance to ensure the park is a good neighbor.

How will the bike park be maintained?
BPRD maintenance staff will handle the day-to-day maintenance of the bike park along with responsibility for the rest of the park.

Will the BMX course change?
The BMX course is operated and maintained by High Desert BMX.  There will be no changes to the courses as part of this project.

Will there be permanent amplified sound?
There is no permanent amplified sound as part of this project.  The conditional use permit allows amplified sound for a designated number of events each year.  All amplified sound shall comply with the applicable residential DEQs and County requirements.

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