Hi, neighbors! As a member of the board for the Larkspur Neighborhood I have been poring over the latest Bend Parks and Rec comprehensive plan, and thought you might appreciate a summary of the projects that impact our neighborhood.
(The whole report is reasonably interesting - If you want the whole enchilada here is a link to it).
The following are high priority projects in the comprehensive plan. There is no particular order among these high priority projects.
Ponderosa Park Renovation - Upgrade the old skate park, renovate the older ball field, and other improvements to Ponderosa Park.
Larkspur Center renovation - upgrade of the existing Bend Senior Center, planned to start in 2019.
Reed Market Road Crossing - improvements are planned to improve safe access to the Larkspur Center (Bend Senior Center) and park
Hansen Park trailhead near the COID canals east of Rigel Way, is planned as a trailhead for trails that are planned along COID easements to the north and east.
Litchfield park site - a neighborhood park is planned for a 2-acre plot of land southeast of Wilco, off Livingston.
Juniper Park renovation - There are plans to renovate the park to improve ADA access and accommodate more users, and upgrade the Juniper Swim and Fitness Center - things like replacing a pool tank, new flooring, lighting, and shower room renovations.
9th Street crossing - improvements are planned to improve safe access to the Juniper Swim and Fitness Center and park.
COID trail development: A trail is planned along the COID canal that runs south of Bear Creek, and the trail is expected to be extended through Hansen Park (planned Trailhead mentioned above) east of 27th and eastward toward Eastgate Park (outside city limits) and the Badlands. The three trails are all considered a high priority.
The following are listed as moderate priority projects:
Big Sky Connector trail: A trail is planned along the current eastern UGB Northward to BIg Sky park at Neff and Hamby, along with improvements to the crossing at Neff and Hamby for trail access to Big Sky Park.
There are ongoing efforts to seek land for new park spaces. Three areas in our neighborhood are listed in the Comprehensive Plan as Park Search sites:
- site 15 encompasses most of the area east of 15 to Pettigrew, except the corner south of Tempest and west of Airpark. Acquiring land in this parcel is considered a medium priority.
- Site 16 is south of Bear Creek, east of 27th and north of Chilliwack. Acquiring land in this parcel is considered a medium priority.
the following were identified in the Comprehensive Plan but are not listed on the priority project list:
Coyner Trail connector: a trail proposed for connecting the Larkspur Trail to Ponderosa Park and the Coyner trail, does not appear on project priorities. Any land owner developing the property on 15th east of Wilson will likely be required to put in this connector.
Park search site 14 is east of the UGB between Bear Creek Road and Highway 20, extending to Hamby. Acquiring land in this parcel is not listed as a priority in the Comprehensive Plan. Conversations with Parks and Rec staff indicate that the Litchfield Park site at Livingston near 27th, when developed, will cover the need for a park in this area. There have been a number of neighbors lobbying for the natural area in Site 14 as a potential site for a park, and a preferred location to the Litchfield site which is on the high priority list for the city.
If you have comments about these projects or their priority, the link above includes a means of submitting comments. BPRD will be accepting comments until June 3.
All meetings are open to the public, so please feel free to join us from 6-8pm on the third Monday of most months, at the Larkspur Senior Center. Here are the dates for the next four meetings:
The annual meeting of the Larkspur Neighborhood is scheduled for November 2 at 6:30 PM at the Bend Senior Center, on Reed Market Road.
Eric King, the Bend City Manager, will give a "state of the city" presentation. We are also expecting to have Casey Roats, the current Mayor, also as a speaker.
There will be a summary of land use issues in the neighborhood.
The agenda for the meeting is still being refined, so check back for updates.
There will also be election of new board members. We are presently seeking neighbors who are interested in serving on the board. The term is typically two years; the amount of time commitment is minimal, with board meetings once a month. If you think you might be interested - or for more information - contact us at LarkspurNA@gmail.com
The City of Bend is seeking people to serve on a committee to evaluate options for changing the City Charter. The plan is to look into options for electing City Council representatives, including perhaps direct election of the mayor and/or a ward system for City Council seats. They are seeking up to 11 people and hope for broad representation from across the city. The committee is expected to meet periodically for around three months.
It would be great to have some East side representation! The City is taking applications through July 10. If you think you might be interested, more info is available at the City website:
City of Bend - Charter Review Committee
Once again this summer, Bend Parks and Rec is sponsoring free concerts in local neighborhood parks. Bring a picnic, and participate in games, and art activities. There's even free ice cream!
In the Larkspur Neighborhood, there are concerts at three parks:
July 26: Kiwanis Park, at Centennial and Roosevelt
August 16: Ponderosa Park, at Wilson and 15th
August 23: Gardenside Park, at Camellia Street
All concerts begin at 6:00 PM.