The Bend Park and Recreation District has unveiled plans for a new $11 million outdoor sports pavilion on the city’s Westside.
The project was approved as part of a larger $30 million parks bond that voters passed last year. Planners say once completed the canopy of the Simpson Pavilion will be large enough to cover four full-sized basketball courts. The structure’s removable floor will allow for a range of uses, including tennis or volleyball. In the wintertime, the district will operate an ice skating rink there.
Project manager Jim Figursky says the district hired Portland’s Opsis Architecture to design the canopy. He describes it as resembling a sheet of wood, curved into an arch.
Figursky explained, “It allows the structure, although it’s covered to feel light and airy. And this structure will be lit up at night so it will appear to float over the space.”
Figursky expects the design will make the pavilion a landmark structure for the city when it opens in mid-2015.