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River Recreation Visitors Face Parking Limitations

The quest to find free parking near the Deschutes River this summer could turn plans to float down the river into an obstacle course before even hitting the river. Before Christmas, Bend City officials designated a year long pilot program designed to prioritize residential parking in Old Bend neighborhood's "parking benefit district" as a permanent fixture of the city. That includes streets near Miller's Landing Park. In the future river users may have to pay for parking and it could be time-limited. Farther upstream, Riverbend Park, could also be impacted by condominium housing under construction at SW Columbia and Shevlin Hixon Drive. Public feedback on the proposed paid and time limited parking will considered by the Bend Park and Recreation District.

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