Discover the Outdoors:
Connecting Youth with the Outdoors
While many Bend residents enjoy easy outdoor recreation access, there are unseen barriers to the outdoors for some people in our community. Learn how BPRD is reducing barriers and developing appreciation of the outdoors for more residents by utilizing recreation scholarships, bilingual staff and grant help from the Children’s Forest of Central Oregon and the U.S. Forest Service. Learn more.
Bend Park and Recreation District and Upper Deschutes Watershed Council are teaming up to improve and manage the riverbanks of the Deschutes River and Tumalo Creek. Historic conditions and the recent growth in recreational activities in and along the river have contributed to a loss in riparian habitat.
Both organizations’ boards have committed to a longterm collaboration to improve riverbank habitat and support sustainable recreational use of the river. Staff has completed an inventory and assessment of riverbank conditions on 10.5 miles of BPRD-owned property. This assessment summarized conditions at thirteen locations and identified opportunities for restoration and improved river access.
The first potential project is located between the Bill Healy Bridge and the Farewell Bend footbridge. Working together, BPRD and Upper Deschutes Watershed Council staff will apply for a grant to fund this project. If successful, the next steps will be hiring a design team and obtaining permits.
10.5 miles of the Deschutes River
For more information on the Deschutes River Restoration Planning, please contact
Tel: (541) 706-6118