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Located adjacent to the Deschutes River, Harmon Park is a great place to play. Two ballfields provide space for organized sports, while three creative play structures and a wide, open field provide endless opportunities for more spontaneous and inventive movement. With easy access, proximity to downtown, and views of the river, Harmon Park is a family favorite.

Address: 1100 NW Harmon Road

Pros:  Fun play structures.

Cons: On street parking only.

Key features: Harmon Park is an excellent place to get out and roam all year round. The most notable feature in this park is the tugboat, a fun spot to climb, jump, crawl and otherwise move about in a variety of creative ways. Next to the tugboat is a tunnel system with a slide and other obstacles that is great for little ones to crawl through. The grassy field is flat, with just a few trees around the edges, so it offers a space for Frisbee, dancing, martial arts or whatever movement strikes your fancy.

What you’ll see and hear: Kids playing on the playground, ball games, light traffic

Best use of the park: Climbing all over the tugboat!

Parking: Street parking.

Bike parking: 7 racks

Fun fact: Harmon Park is named after a philanthropist from New York named William Harmon. The “Harmon Playgrounds” program helped to fund hundreds of playgrounds all over the world, including this one in Bend. The Harmon Foundation is also well known for promoting African American Art.


Personal trainer, student of movement, and outdoor explorer in the Pacific Northwest

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