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Project Phase


Project Overview

In 2016, Bend Park and Recreation District (BPRD) and Upper Deschutes Watershed Council (UDWC) teamed up to complete an inventory and assessment of the riverbank riparian conditions along 8 miles of district-owned property.

Historic conditions and the recent growth of recreational activities in and along the river have contributed to a loss in riparian habitat.

Both organizations’ boards have committed to a long-term collaboration to improve riverbank habitat and support sustainable recreational use of the river.

This assessment summarized conditions at 10 locations and identified opportunities for restoration and improved river access.

The first project is located between the Bill Healy Bridge and the Farewell Bend footbridge.

Working together, BPRD and UDWC staff applied for and received an OWEB technical assistance grant to hire Environmental Design Agents (ESA) to complete engineering drawings and cost estimates for the project.

ESA has completed the conceptual design which includes hardened water access points, fencing, and riparian habitat improvements.

The Riverbend Park South Project will serve as an example for future projects along the Deschutes River corridor.

The district remains committed to the stewardship of the Deschutes River, and this project is first step in achieving balance between restoration and recreation.

Work is expected to begin in fall 2022.

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Farewell Bend Bridge to the Bill Healy Bridge


Property Tax

Spring 2023

Contact Information

For more information on the Riverbend South Access and Restoration Project, please contact

Ian Isaacson

Landscape Architect

Tel: (541) 706-6154

Email: Ian@bendparksandrec.org

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