BEND, OR -- Bend City Councilors and the Bend Parks and Recreation's Board meet Thursday evening to discuss a number of key issues, like tree planting, UGB expansion plans, the transportation system, and dredging Mirror Pond. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Parks District office; the public is encouraged to attend.
Taylor Northwest's Todd Taylor, who owns the land under Mirror Pond, is responsible for the dredging solutions and will update Councilors and Parks Board members on progress. He tells KBND News it's important that everyone involved is informed of the newest developments, so they can stay on the same page, "There's really four entities involved in this process: it's Mirror Pond Solutions, the company that owns the land, Bend Metro Parks and Recreation District, the City of Bend, and Pacific Power; and the community members."
He says the focus on community and possible impacts to the public is a key part of the project near downtown Bend's popular Drake Park, "It has to work around, to the best of everyone's ability, the events that are taking place. That's part of the methods and means that are established when the permit, and also when the construction and pre-construction, start."
Final permits have been issued, but work on Mirror Pond can't begin until funding is secured. "If the funding was to come together in a timely fashion, our intent would be, our hope would be, to start the dredging in 2018," says Taylor. "If the funding takes longer than anticipated, we would start it in 2019."