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Bend Park of the Week: Boyd Park

A lovely neighborhood park with a bit of everything, Boyd Park is a treasure for the local residents. With trails, a variety of play structures, basketball court and pockets of natural area, this park inspires interaction and creative play. Located in Northeast Bend just north of Empire Ave, Boyd Park is worth driving to if […]

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Bend Park of the Week: Pioneer Park

Pioneer Park is a hop, skip and a jump (or bicycle ride) away from the heart of downtown Bend. This beautiful, riverfront park offers shade in the heat of summer, a quick getaway for local residents and opportunities to watch wildlife. The park is connected to the Deschutes River Trail, a 19-mile long trail that […]

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Bend Park of the Week: Tumalo State Park

Tumalo State Park is a destination for swimming, hiking, camping and relaxing. Located just north of Bend on the Deschutes River, it makes a great quick escape on hot, summer days. This is one of the few nearby parks with developed camping. Seasonal campsites are available for a wide range of visitors. Take your RV, […]

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Bend Park of the Week: Larkspur Trail

While technically not a park, the Larkspur Trail on the east side of Bend is a public greenspace that links several parks together. So in my mind, it earns a Park of the Week designation. The trail runs south from Pilot Butte state park, using some sidewalk connectors, through Pinewood Natural Area to the Senior […]

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Bend Park of the Week: Drake Park

Drake Park is one of Bend’s most iconic parks. If you’ve visited Bend just once, you’ve probably walked the banks of Mirror Pond through beautiful Drake Park. This centrally located park is a familiar gathering place for residents as well as tourists. No matter the season or time of day, you’ll see people enjoying the […]

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Bend Park of the Week: Sylvan Park

Sylvan Park is a small park on the north side of Awbrey Butte. It’s remarkably similar to Summit Park, just a half mile away. The two parks are even connected by a walking path. But Sylvan’s advantage is a sweet, old-school play structure with wooden platforms and a metal slide. Go check this one out […]

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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 […]