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Deschutes County Parks are under The Bend Metro Park and Recreation District (BMPRD). BMPRD is recognized as one of the premier park and recreation organizations in Central Oregon and the entire Pacific Northwest. Deschutes County Community Parks include: Harvest Park Site, Hollinshead Park, Juniper Park, Larkspur Park Site, Park Services Center, Pine Ridge Park Site, Ponderosa Park, Rock Ridge Park Site, S&H Park Site, and Wildflower Park Site. Deschutes County has the following 2 Regional Parks: Shevlin Park and Tillicum Park/Chase Ranch. Riverfront Parks located in Deschutes County include the following 11 parks: Brooks Park, Dohema River Access, Drake Park and Mirror Pond, Farewell Bend Park, First Street Rapids Trail Access, McKay Park, Pacific Park, Pageant Park, Pioneer Park, Riverview Park, and Sawyer Park.

Farewell Bend Park is bends newest river park 22 acre Park. The park includes a playground, two canoe launches, a restroom, two viewing shelters, and a group picnic shelter. The site has special significance to Bend. Bend's name originated from the bend in the river there and it was the site of two saw mills, Bend's first school, post office and bridge. Historic interpretive signs capture and honor the park's rich community history.

Shevlin Park is composed of 652 acres and 50 developed acres. In 1920 The Park was donated to the community. This Park includes a paved road, three developed picnic sites and Aspen Hall. Within its boundaries Cougar Camp is open during the summer for the youth of the community. Tumalo Creek rambles through the park with several foot bridges providing opportunities to cross over to the newest section of the park, the Shevlin Conservation Easement, adding approximately 44 acres to the east side of the park in 2002. The easement features a parking area with a viewpoint and is popular with hikers, joggers and mountain bikers.

Tillicum Park/Chase Ranch is located 10 miles west of Bend and was donated to the District by the Chase family. This Park is not open to the public most of the year except for each October when the District hosts the Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch. . A master plan for the park will be developed some time in the next couple years. Future plans for the park may include group picnic facilities and an interpretive center.

Contact information:

Bend Metro Park & Recreation District

200 NW Pacific Park Lane,
Bend, OR. 97701
Phone: (541) 389-7275
Fax: (541) 388-5429
Email:info@bendparksandrec.org

Shevlin Park
18920 Shevlin Park Road,
Bend, OR. 97701

Tillicum Park/Chase Ranch
18144 Couch Market Road,
Bend, OR. 97701



 

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