Voters in Bend appear to have passed a nearly $30 million bond measure for city parks. The measure will help the city’s Park District complete a number of ambitious projects, including the expansion of a popular trail that runs along the Deschutes River.
The measure’s passage would mean that sometime in the not too distant future - hikers, runners and cyclists will be able to pick up the trail at Tumalo State Park, north of Bend and follow it all the way down to Sunriver.
“I think this is a game changer for Park and Recreation,” says district director Don Horton.
“You know, we’ve been looking at the Deschutes River Trail and wanting to complete this project for a quarter of a century and now this is the opportunity for us to do that.”
Horton says while the district works on issuing the bonds, it will need to determine which projects will get done first. He expects it will take 5-6 years to complete them all.
A homeowner with a house assessed at 200 thousand dollars can expect to pay about 50 dollars more each year.