State Senate Committee Breathes New Life Into Proposed Bridge Across the Upper Deschutes River

It’s a political battle that’s had as many twists and turns as the river that is at the center of the debate. Last month, it looked like a proposed bridge across the Deschutes River was dead in the water after a bill was passed in the House to reinforce a rule that prohibited any bridge from being built. But in the past week, an amendment to that bill was proposed to a Senate committee, and they approved it on Thursday, reopening the ongoing debate over the proposed footbridge.

Juniper Swim and Fitness Center 50 Meter Pool Uncovered

After months of wondering whether we’d ever see the sun again, it’s starting to look a lot like summer outside! With the warmer temperatures and more people headed outside, the Bend Park & Recreation District is also celebrating summer’s return with their annual uncovering of the panels at Juniper Swim & Fitness Center.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan was there as they removed the last of the panels to let the sunshine in.

House Passes Bill to Reinforce Protections Along the Upper Deschutes River

A proposed bridge being considered for the last five years could face more hurdles after the House unanimously passed State Representative Gene Whisnant’s bill on Wednesday afternoon. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration. The chairman of the board of directors for the Bend Park and Recreation District says if the bill becomes law, it could mean the end for any chance to build the bridge and connect the Deschutes River Trail from Tumalo to Sunriver.

Parks and Recreation District Working on Widespread Upgrades

Bend Parks & Recreation District manages more than 80 parks around Bend, including 2,600 acres of outdoor space that ranges from trails, to playgrounds and off-leash areas for dogs. While more new parks are in the works, there are dozens of parks that are currently being upgraded.

Central Oregon Daily’s Mackenzie Wilson takes us on a tour of some of the improvements coming soon to a park near you.

Hockey Becomes Newest Recreational Activity in Bend

Four years ago, the citizens of Bend passed a $29 million bond measure that promised to help protect natural habitat and expand recreational opportunities for residents. Now one of the projects funded by the bond measure, The Pavilion, a multi-use facility on Bend’s west side, is doing just that.

Each week hundreds of kids and adults hit the ice at the Pavilion to play Bend’s newest winter sport: hockey! Central Oregon Daily’s Mackenzie Wilson got a look at all the fun.