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Bend Park of the Week: Summit Park

Head up Awbrey Butte to visit Summit Park. This small neighborhood park is a great place to chase shade in the summer and build a snowman in the winter. This park makes a lovely destination for locals to relax and enjoy time outside. A half-mile trail connects Summit and Sylvan Parks. Address: 1150 NW Promontory […]

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Bend Park of the Week: Big Sky Park

Big Sky Park in northeast Bend is known for two things: athletic events and the off-leash dog park. But there’s so much more packed into this 97 acre park. A canal runs through the park, creating microclimates for lovely wildflowers, butterflies and other critters. Marmots screech and chirp from among the rock walls in the […]

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Bend Whitewater Park

Go visit the one park that’s generated the most controversy in town: Bend Whitewater Park. The park was built in 2015-2016 to the delight and dismay of many. Due to safety concerns, renovations took place through 2017. Now, the park serves floaters, surfers, kayakers, and wildlife. Even passersby can enjoy the park by resting on […]

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Bend Park of the Week: Canal Row

In 2016, Canal Row Park became one of Bend’s newest parks. It is already popular among neighborhood families as a place to take the kids and play. The canal rushes by right behind the park, providing habitat for curious city marmots as well. Its location near busy Butler Market Road makes it easy to swing […]

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Push-ups are for everyone

The push-up is an excellent demonstration of shoulder strength, core strength, whole-body coordination and overall resilience. Yet, many people struggle with this fundamental movement. Ladies, we tend to have a harder time on this one than the men. So that leads to years (decades?) of avoidance, during which time we never get better at doing […]

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Bend Park of the Week: Miller’s Landing

Miller’s Landing is one of Bend’s newest parks. Situated on the east side of the Deschutes River, Miller’s Landing between downtown and the Old Mill, it’s also one of Bend’s most easily accessible parks. Take a walk through the park on a paved trail, watch the surfers ride the standing wave in the neighboring Whitewater […]

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How to win at camp cooking

It’s Memorial Day weekend. You’re out on your first camping trip of the year with your friends. And you’re in charge of making dinner. What did you bring? Freeze-dried backpacking meals and a package of hot dogs? No! With just a little knowledge and creativity you can cook a memorable meal over the campfire and wow […]

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Bend Park of the Week: Brooks Park

Take a stroll through Brooks Park and pay tribute to Bendites who’ve served their city, community and country. Located on the west side of the Newport Street Bridge, this unassuming park is home to the Bend Heroes Memorial. The inscribed pavers commemorate the service of our local veterans. The beautiful riverfront location is also a […]

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Bend Park of the Week: Juniper Park

Juniper Park is one of the jewels of the Bend Park system. Located on the east side, this park is well-loved by people of all ages. The Fitness Center and pool provide residents with year-round recreation activities. Walking paths cut through the sprawling lawns, natural spaces and pockets of mature trees. Juniper is a favorite […]