Pine Ridge Park is a cute neighborhood park located between Brookswood Blvd. and the Deschutes River in Southwest Bend. It is a great place for local families in the nearby developments to bring their kiddos and play. This park is adjacent to Pine Ridge Elementary School, which probably means it’s a center of activity for youngsters during the after-school hours.
Address: 61250 Linfield Court.
Pros: Picnic shelter offers summertime shade.
Cons: Feels small and hemmed in by development.
Key features: The main play structure is well designed for toddlers and little ones, making it great for that age group and less exciting for everyone else (except their parents). Another, smaller play area makes an attempt to appeal to an older crowd but is not particularly inspiring. There are a few shaded areas to escape the summer sun, and small lawn spaces for games and relaxing. Several juniper and Ponderosa pine trees attempt to give the park a more natural feel, but since it abuts a giant elementary school parking lot, several houses and a street reminds you that this is very much a city space.
What you’ll see and hear: Kids playing, dogs barking.
Best use of the park: Taking your little ones to frolic on the playground.
Parking: Street parking, or use the elementary school lot.
Bike parking: 2 racks
Fun fact: There are pine trees at Pine Ridge park. And there is precious little other information about this park. Search for it online and learn more about Pine Ridge Inn (in Bend) or the Pine Ridge housing development (in Beaverton).