BEND, OR -- The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is working to update the 30-year-old Master Plan for Pilot Butte State Park in Bend. Planner Rachel Hill says the agency has been gathering feedback on what works and how it will fit into the community 20 years from now, "It became really clear that Pilot Butte is a very loved local park and a very loved regional park, and most of the people who spend time there come from nearby." And, she tells KBND News, that input will be used throughout the process, "That information will then get folded into what we present to the public at our next open house, which we're planning for April." She doesn't expect much will change in the updated plan, "Our intention is actually not to continue to develop. I mean frankly, we don't have a lot of space for that, it's one of our smallest parks, but also to really focus on the elements that exist that people love that need some attention."
Hill says the next step is for an advisory committee to compile all that information, "We put together an advisory committee which has stakeholders, representatives from ODOT, Bend Fire, Bend Chamber of Commerce, neighborhood associations, many, many different groups and individuals who have stakes in the park. They really are representatives of the public."
The Advisory Committee was supposed to meet in Bend this week, but that was postponed by the weather. It will be rescheduled for early April. The public is invited to attend, but won't be able to provide feedback until a public meeting, planned for later this spring.