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Bend Residents Wade Into Mirror Pond Decision

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As bodies of water go, Mirror Pond is something of a rock star, at least in central Oregon. It’s on Bend’s official city seal and beer drinkers may know it from the Deschutes Brewery pale ale named in its honor. But Mirror Pond only exists because of a dam on the Deschutes river that’s more than 100 years old and it hasn’t been dredged in 30 years. The resulting build up of silt is both impacting native species and providing a serious ick factor for recreational river users.

The city of Bend has actively sought input from residents (who seem to be divided on the issue) and is now beginning the process of winnowing the options on the table. 

As city officials admit, the funding for this project remains an “open question.” 

How important do you think Mirror Pond is to the culture and landscape of Bend? What do you think should happen with Mirror Pond?  


  • Jim Figurski: Project manager, Bend Parks & Recreation District
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