Mountain View Park is a small neighborhood park in Northeast Bend east of 27th St. There is a mix of neighboring houses, apartments and businesses, bringing a diverse user group to this park. There are large, manicured lawns with walking paths and street lamps. There are several sitting areas both inside and outside a covered shelter. One of the tables has a built in chess board, so bring your game pieces and a buddy. A small play area and half-court basketball space invites a variety of ages to play here.
Address: 1975 NE Providence Drive
Pros: Wide open spaces for picnicking and playing games.
Cons: Play structure is geared for toddlers and little ones; lots of plastic, little fun.
Key features: The walking path and open space are the most valuable components of this park. Picture a warm spring day with picnickers under the shade trees, kids playing Frisbee, and moms taking laps around the lawn. The play structure is great for little kiddos, but a bit uninspiring for older kids and adults. Several benches and tables provide resting places for those less comfortable with sprawling out on the grass. This park also offers some mountain views looking west, so it feels like you’re in Bend.
What you’ll see and hear: Gossiping walkers, barking dogs, blooming flowers.
Best use of the park: Reading a book, throwing a Frisbee.
Parking: Very small lot.
Bike parking: 3 racks.
Fun fact: Both checkers and chess can be played on the same size game board. But the game of checkers is nearly 5,000 years old, making it well over twice as old as chess.