Kiwanis Park is a popular park in the Larkspur neighborhood of Bend. Its sprawling fields host softball and baseball games in the summer but there’s plenty to do here all year round. This park was updated with assistance from the local Kiwanis club so that Bend neighbors can continue to enjoy this lovely park. With two picnic areas, one covered by a shelter and the other tucked underneath some trees, this park would make a great hangout for a small gathering.
Address: 800 SE Centennial Blvd.
Pros: Varied natural and groomed terrain for playing.
Cons: Probably crowded in the summer
Key features: Your eyes are immediately drawn to the huge ballfield, but there’s quite a bit to do here. The playground is geared towards younger children, but it does have a unique metal grid you can climb on, and the huge arc holding up the swings would be a fun place to try and hang from. A gravel path runs along the perimeter of the park, connecting up with the paved sidewalk to make a loop. And along the park’s edges there are pockets of natural landscape with trees, rocks and hills.
What you’ll see and hear: Ball games, train horns, walkers.
Best use of the park: Discovering interesting things in the pockets of nature within the park.
Parking: Street parking only.
Bike parking: None
Fun fact: According to their website, “Kiwanis International is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.” The Kiwanis Club of Bend began in 1924 and has since benefited many local projects including this park. To learn more about our local club, visit their website!