BEND, OR -- A new park is under construction in northeast Bend. It's called Canal Row Park, and it's at the corner of Brinson and Butler Market Road.
Chelsea Schneider, with Bend Parks and Rec, is overseeing the project. "A neighborhood park is typically a nice walkable park; it's meant to support the immediate neighborhood so people can walk there and enjoy picnic spaces, a new playground and lots of recreational trails, as well."
But, Canal Row will also include something a little different. "We're also going to be bringing in a water play feature that is meant to tell the story of this part of the region as it relates to irrigation systems and canals," Schneider tells KBND News. "So, we're going to have this feature so the kids can actually manipulate where the water goes, push the water this way and pull the water that way."
Unusual for a neighborhood park, Canal Row will have a small parking lot, so people won't be forced to park on Butler Market Road. Schneider says, "We expect construction will take about six months, so we anticipate people being able to enjoy the park by this fall. Most of the timeframe is, realistically, so that we can enable the lawn area to get established before we see a lot of foot traffic on it."