Alpenglow Community Park opens in SE Bend; some finishes in progress

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July 15 opening celebration for 37-acre park

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — The Bend Park and Recreation District announced Monday the opening of Alpenglow Community Park in southeast Bend, though a few features are still in the final stages.

Located at 61049 SE 15e Street, half a mile north of Knott Road, the 37-acre park sits in one of Bend’s fastest growing areas and will serve as a hub for recreational activities, community gatherings, opportunities to enjoy nature and trail connections.

Alpenglow Park features an open lawn, bouldering area, playground and spray field, event pavilion, off-leash area for dogs, future demonstration garden and several accessible trails and multi-use trails.

The park is now open to the public, with a few exceptions – the playground awaits final approval, expected next week, and the pedestrian bridge over the train tracks will be completed next month. Paving installation issues and wet spring weather have caused delays to the playgrounds which are now resolved and final inspection is scheduled for next week.

“Alpenglow is a community park that has something for everyone, regardless of age or ability, and I’m beyond thrilled that the public can enjoy this incredible space,” said Ian Isaacson, landscape architect and chef of the BPRD project. “I had the opportunity to work with an incredible team to see Alpenglow go from drawing board to reality. This was only made possible through the commitment, support, and most importantly, the patience of the community.

A grand opening celebration of the park is scheduled for Friday, July 15, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. associations. Participants are encouraged to bring a picnic; a small number of vendors will also be on hand with food for purchase.

Park Features

With less than 8% of the park’s space being lawn area, Alpenglow Community Park is intentionally packed with natural space. Views of the Cascades showcase the high desert landscape and incorporate mature stands of ponderosa pine and juniper.

The sprayground is the first of its kind for the park district and an oft-requested park amenity. Water games are reported to benefit a wide range of users with space to develop social, emotional, cognitive and physical skills. Available to users of all ages, abilities and socio-economic backgrounds, the new spray ground will provide free respite in hot weather.

The sprayground is controlled by a timer and sensors, using less than 4 gallons of water per minute cycle. Water collected from the spray area will enter landscaped swales in the parking lot and eventually return some of the water to the natural groundwater table.

Adjacent to the sprayground is the 6,500 square foot playing field. Designed using universal design principles, the playground is usable by people of all ages and abilities. It includes musical play features and a wheelchair swing unique to Bend.

Alpenglow also has accessible trails and trail connections, providing new recreational and transportation opportunities for a wide variety of users. There are 2.2 miles of ADA-accessible paved trails, including a 0.9-mile perimeter loop trail and 1.3 miles of soft-surface nature trails as well.

The bouldering area is another first for a Bend park. Three structures include natural routes, fixed routes with grips, and accessible routes with rope-assisted climbing for both adapted climbers and disabled climbers. The park also includes two shade structures, four restrooms, parking and 12 bike racks.

The Alpenglow Community Park property was acquired in 2014, with funds from a bond measure approved by voters in 2012. The 37-acre parcel was purchased from the JL Ward family for $3.77 million .

The development of the park is funded by resources from the System Development Charge (SDC). SDCs are collected to fund parks and trails to support community growth. Park development, including planning, design, permitting, construction and purchase of a residential lot in the Hidden Hills neighborhood for a railroad bridge, was $9.53 million.

The contract to build the park was awarded to Griffith Construction through a competitive bidding process. This company has main offices in Prineville and much of the work on the park has been carried out by local craftsmen.

Learn more about the park on its Web page.

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