Bend Parks and Rec officials and the Mirror Pond Steering Committee are looking for public input about problems with Mirror Pond.
Parks Board Member Dallas Brown says they are considering several options; including dredging, but that is only a short term solution. "People have to realize that the mirror pond issue is going to be a long term problem. And that anything that we do, right now is only going to be a short term address for the issue, which is the silt that is going to continue to build and build and build as long as the dam's there. It’s going to cost us money every 15-20 years to dredge that or find a solution to the build up. So to have a stable tax supported district that could continually manage the funds to dredge and take care of Mirror Pond is an option."
Brown says he's not in favor of just letting the silt build up and the pond area becoming a mudflat, but they first want to hear from the public.
Brown says they estimate the cost of dredging is between $2-million and $5- million; and it must be done about every 15 to 20 years, so having stable funding to maintain Mirror Pond makes sense.
But the committee and Board will first work on finding the right person or company to conduct the feasibility study, taking the public's comments into consideration.