BEND, OR -- It's taken a while to get here, but there appears to finally be some consensus on the future of Mirror Pond. The Bend Parks and Recreation Board appears ready to endorse a plan to replace the dam and redevelop riverfront property. Chairman of the Parks Board Dan Fishkin tells KBND News they've done a lot of work with the public to get to this point. "There is a middle ground that does more than just preserves Mirror Pond, but it also provides for improving water flow and creating fish passage and redeveloping property and replacing the dam with a more natural flow that will reduce the need for dredging."
Fishkin says the vision was developed through a lot of public input. "Through the entire public process, there appeared to be some middle ground that we could satisfy people in either camp." He adds, "This shared vision includes the Bend Parks and Rec District, the city of Bend, Pacific Corps and a private developer." The board will vote on the plan at its March 17th meeting. Bend City Councilors are expected to vote at their meeting the following day.