BEND, OR -- As more people move to Bend, the city and the parks district work to create appealing community spaces. Ian Isaccson, a landscape designer with Bend Parks and Recreation, is working on a new park in southeast Bend to accommodate that area's new development. He tells KBND News, "This particular part of Bend - southeast Bend - is in dire need of a park. We have our comprehensive plan that kind of outlines areas that are deficient in parks and this is one of those areas. Especially with the amount of housing that's being built in that part of town, having this park there is going to be a definite attraction and really make that part of town extremely desirable for these new homes."
Isaacson says the new park will cover about 37 acres. "Alpenglow Community Park
is located off 15th Street in southeast Bend, just north of Knott; and we are in the beginning stages. We've done extensive public survey where we had approximately 920 people respond about what the community is looking for." He says that public input was key to the initial design. The top requests were soft surface paths, natural areas, bike paths, nature play areas, open lawns, and off-leash areas. A big part of the planning was coming up with a name, "We had a naming contest at jewel elementary which is not too far from the park site; kindergartners through fifth graders submitted names. We ended up having 71 total submitted names, and we chose a name submitted by a fourth grade student who came up with 'Alpenglow.' The students there were pretty excited." The park is expected to be complete by the end of 2018.