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Juniper Park – Accessibility Improvements and Renovations

800 Northeast 6th Street, Bend, OR, United States

Project Phase

  • PLANNING
  • DESIGN
  • PERMITTING
  • CONSTRUCTION

Project Overview

Juniper Park recently underwent improvements and renovations. The newest features at the park are open to the public as of Tuesday, Aug. 18.

The project was completed in two phases. The first phase of construction was completed from 2018-19 with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) parking and access upgrades in the north and south parking lots adjacent to Juniper Swim & Fitness Center. The project improves access to and opportunities for community members of all abilities to enjoy the park.

The last phase, now complete, includes numerous upgrades to the park. Parking, restroom facilities, paths, and play areas were added or modernized. New park features include:

  • an expanded and relocated playground with unique play options including sound and tactile play elements, spinning and balance play structures, swinging and climbing structures as well. The playground is laid out in a pod style with a concrete pathway connecting the different areas.
  • a 10-foot-wide accessible path leading to the playground
  • an 18-foot shade structure
  • more than two dozen additional parking spaces
  • a connection between the two south parking lots
  • a new 6th street entrance into the park
  • a new restroom – accessible from the park and the outdoor pools at Juniper Swim & Fitness Center

To learn more about the existing park, click here.

800 NE 6th Street.

$2.5 million

Property tax revenues and System Development Charges

Completed

Contact Information

For more information on the Juniper Park – Accessibility Improvements and Renovations, please contact

Jason Powell

Construction Manager

Tel: (541) 706-6158

Email: Jasonp@bendparksandrec.org

Summer 2020 – Renovations completed as of Aug. 18., 2020

Storage building demolition – Winter 2020

Restroom construction – Winter 2019/2020

Phase 2 Contractor selected – September 2019

Phase 2 Consultant selected – August 2019

ADA Parking Lot work completed – September 2018

Consultant selected – Fall 2018

Master Plan approved – Summer 2016

Public Open House – held on January 12, 2016.

Image showing ADA Access Route to the north entrance for Juniper Swim and Fitness Center.

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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements have been completed.

We recognize that it is human nature to take the most direct route to our North Entrance doors, and that for many individuals, each additional step can be painful.  In order to be in compliance with the Accessibility CODE our project Managers had to create a safe and compliant grade from the ADA parking spaces to the doors.  That route is from the unloading zones at the ADA spaces to the sidewalk, then to the striped cement crosswalk.  A difficult choice had to be made given the elevation of our doors and the drop off to the driveway.  We had two choices: decide between a very high curb or the “walk up” curb that you see currently stained brown.

The grade percentage to be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act is very tight for good reason.  If you have mobility issues or rely on wheels to get around, here is our advice:

For wheel chair and limited mobility drop offs, please stop right after the crosswalk where you will find a level approach via our sidewalk route to the doors (we will mark drop off zone soon).

If you drive yourself, the recommended route is the sidewalk between the aisle of ADA parking spaces across the cross walk and the sidewalk there will give an easy grade to our doors.

Thank you for your understanding, our topography at Juniper is challenging at best, next time you leave the building take a peek at how high the doors are above the driveway and the many elevations in our North Parking lot!