"Imagine what our real neighborhoods would be like if each of us offered, as a matter of course, just one kind word to another person." ~Mr. Rogers
Larkspur Neighborhood Association in Southeast Bend
The Larkspur Neighborhood Association was recognized by the City Council January 19th of 2005. Neighborhood Associations were created by the City of Bend to facilitate the flow of information and services between the City and its residents.
Neighborhood Associations regularly receive and distribute information from the City of Bend, Deschutes County, and the Bend Park and Recreation District; on topics such as land use, traffic safety, and development news. Neighborhood Associations also have direct contact with City staff and council. Residents can learn about process through a Neighborhood Association and follow city protocol to express opinions.
Each Neighborhood Association is a voluntary association of residents and businesses, recognized by the City and created to provide opportunities to focus on: crime prevention, community gardens, clean-up projects, traffic safety issues, sidewalk improvements, bicycle access ways, trails and parks, noxious weed abatement, fire protection plans, and more. Whatever type of construction project is proposed, collective voices from a Neighborhood Association can make a change and have positive influence.
Larkspur Neighborhood Association (LNA) encourages residents to come together to invest in the long-term livability of our neighborhood, community, and city.
Become an active part of the Larkspur Neighborhood Association, please attend a board meeting or our annual General Membership meeting, or drop us an email and get involved. Be a part of that collective voice for Bend’s Southeast side. Help plan for the long term benefit of our community.
If you live, operate a business, or own property in our neighborhood, we invite you to become a member. There are no dues or fees; it's all about neighbors helping to improve the neighborhood. We welcome you to the Larkspur neighborhood!
Larkspur Neighborhood Association Board of Directors
A word from Our Chairman
My name is Jim Boeddeker and I was recently elected to be the Chairman of your Larkspur Neighborhood Association. The current board took office the first of last January and I wanted to reach out to the membership to introduce myself and the rest of the board to you. As the board has met to get to know one another there has been a universal interest to just help our community connect and do what we can to monitor and to some extent, influence, decisions facing the city as a whole.
The attached page is a listing of board members along with a short bio covering a bit of our background and interests. I have also included our “Larkspur” email address in case you might be interested in reaching out to any or all of us to express an interest, concern or maybe just to say hi!
In case you were not aware we meet monthly to discuss an agenda that includes a range of topics from planned new development to neighborhood get-togethers. Our meetings are at the Senior Center at 6PM on the third Tuesday of each month. The meetings are always open and if you contact me I’d also be happy to meet with you individually or perhaps with another board member.
One particular area that is a favorite of mine is the promotion of any small initiatives that bring neighbors together to improve our community or perhaps just help people meet one another. If you have an interesting activity or program, we would be happy to add it to one of our periodic newsletters. Just reach out to me or Melissa Kaufman who leads our membership committee.
Thank you for all that you do (or perhaps will do) to make Larkspur one of Bend’s most livable neighborhoods.
Jim Boeddeker – Chairman*
*Due to unforeseen circumstances, Jim Boeddeker resigned as Chairman of the LNA Board of Directors in May 2016. Vice Chair Bill Munro has assumed the Chair position until January 2017.