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Riverbend Park Picnic Shelter

799 SW Columbia St, Bend, OR, United States

Located in Riverbend Park, this location is ideal for active groups planning to utilize the Deschutes River and trails. It is located adjacent to the Kayak roundabout and the Bend Park and Recreation District Office.

Please note: this can only be reserved 3 months in advance. Not available during events and concerts at Les Schwab Amphitheater. 

  • 4 movable rectangle picnic tables. (Seating capacity – 25 people, total capacity 150 people)
  • Adjacent to Deschutes River Trail, beach – river access and boat launch area
  • Restrooms and drinking fountain
  • Open lawn areas and trails
  • High-use area during late spring and summer months, no guaranteed parking.

This rental is available between October 15 and April 15.

Park hours are 5:00 am – 10:00 pm. The park entrance gate is locked and unlocked on this schedule too.

Capacity is dependent on event features, layout, activities and traffic flow.

This park has 2.75 acres of turf area/pods available for special events.

In-District Fees:

Full payment must be made at the time of reservation. You can pay in-person or over the phone.

Type of Rental Groups of 0 - 30 Groups of 31 - 60 Groups of 61 - 100 Groups of 101 - 300*
No deposit $100 deposit $250 deposit $500 deposit
No Insurance No Insurance Insurance required Insurance required
Non-Profit $65.00 $80.00 $110.00 $200.00
Private $90.00 $130.00 $175.00 $300.00
Commercial** $115.00 $165.00 $220.00 $400.00

*Groups over 100 are only allowed at Pine Nursery, Big Sky and Skyline Picnic Shelters.

**Insurance is required for all commercial rentals.

Out-of-District Fees:

Non-residents will be charged a 20% out-of-district fee in addition to the in-district fee (above) to rent facilities.

799 SW Columbia St, Bend, OR, United States (Directions)

Riverbend Park has 120 parking spaces. Parking is shared by trail, river, building and public park users.

All street parking near the site (Columbia and Shevlin Hixon) is on private property owned by the Old Mill District. Permission to extend parking beyond the park’s capacity must be approved by the Old Mill District.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact

Customer Service

Tel: (541) 389-7275


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Reserving a Facility, Picnic Shelter or uncovered Picnic Area.

Picnic shelters are the ideal space for small outdoor gatherings like family or company picnics. These rentals are for private, exclusive use of the shelter. While the surrounding park and amenities are available to use, you must share these spaces with the general public. Shelter rentals are for invited guests only. If you’re interested in an event for the public to attend, see the Public Events page.

Picnic shelters reservations are available year-round, seven days a week. Summer reservations fill up fast, so book as soon as you can! Reservations can be made up to 12 months in advance. Shelters are offered as-is, rain-or-shine. See the map above to see where each rentable shelter is located. Small groups under 30 people may use any park on a first-come, first-served basis. If you’d like a guaranteed spot, you must reserve a shelter through the district. Planned events with more than 30 people must reserve a picnic shelter.

The district does not provide clean up or preparation for shelter rentals and requires renters to leave the facility in good condition or pay the cost of cleaning and repairs.

Are you a business renting a park? Learn about businesses in parks guidelines.

The reservation window for each rental is as follows:

  • Picnic Shelters and Picnic Areas: up to 12 months in advance. Riverbend Park picnic shelter is no more than 3 months in advance.
  • Aspen Hall: up to 18 months in advance.
  • Hollinshead Barn: up to 18 months in advance.
  • Marcoulier Event Room: up to 12 months in advance.
  • Riverbend Community Room: up to 3 months in advance.
  • The Pavilion: up to 12 months in advance.


Insurance will be required if the rental meets any of the following criteria:

  • Commercial/business in nature
  • Over 60 people attending
  • Alcohol is served or sold (Alcohol Permit is also required)
  • Has a food truck or bounce house
  • Bend Park and Recreation District deems it necessary

When required, a certificate of insurance is due no less than 30 days prior to the reservation or event. Please see the insurance packet for more information.


A damage/cleaning deposit must be paid for a shelter rental with 31 or more attendees. The deposit amount depends on the group size. Both deposit and rental fee must be paid to reserve the shelter. The deposit will be returned after the rental if left in good condition. Any garbage must be emptied in garbage cans or removed from the premises. All decorations must be removed and discarded by the end of the reservation time.


A full refund will be given if notified 15 days or more in advance. If notified 14 days or less before the reservation date, the district will keep 50% of the reservation fee and the remainder will be refunded. There will be no refund given for cancellations within 24 hours of the rental. Exceptions may be made in cases of inclement weather or emergencies. Rain is not considered inclement weather.

How to Reserve

PLEASE NOTE: Requests are NOT confirmed reservations. You will be contacted after making your request. Reservations are ONLY considered confirmed when a deposit or fee is paid.

Check availability by clicking on the Availability Calendar for the site you select. Select your date on the calendar and sign in or create a BPRD account to fill out a request form. Be sure to provide as much information as possible. Requests are NOT confirmed reservations.

If you don’t know exactly which park or date you’d like, contact Facility Rentals staff below to get started.

Questions? Contact:

Rentals and Reservations


For more information, please contact

Customer Service

Tel: (541) 389-7275


Parking for Floaters:

2020 river recreation is modified.  Park & Float, Simpson Ave. and Bradbury Way, across from The Pavilion at 1000 SW Bradbury Way, only has free parking (no rental services). Beginning June 17, SUPs, kayaks and tandem rentals will be available at Riverbend Park. Sorry, no tube rentals for summer 2020.

Shuttle services are not available in 2020. Be prepared to walk back to your starting point or parked vehicle, approximately 1 mile to 2 miles.

Parking Options:

Park & Float location at Simpson Ave. and Bradbury Way, across from The Pavilion at 1000 SW Bradbury Way. One block south of the whitewater park. (Directions)
Riverbend Park, 799 SW Columbia St. (westside) (Directions)
McKay Park, 166 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr. (westside) (Directions)
Miller’s Landing Park, 80 NW Riverside Blvd. (eastside) (Directions)