Connecting a Vision: 1000 Friends Leads Tour of Bend Parks Bond Improvements

On Sunday afternoon, October 7, 1000 Friends of Oregon staff welcomed over 40 cyclists who joined us on a bike ride in support of the Bend Parks Bond, Measure 9-86. With help from Bend Parks and Recreation District staff and the Bend People, Parks and Nature campaign, 1000 Friends' Central Oregon Advocate Pam Hardy showed off what Bond Measure 9-86 will bring to Bend and its neighboring communities.  

From a new ice rink to safer trail connections, from new bridges and whitewater amenities to bringing access to the incredible vistas above Golpher Gulch, riders were impressed by the many important investments we spotlighted. Guest speakers included Geoff Frank of Tumalo Creek Kayak and Canoe, who told us how the measure will support small businesses like his.

By investing in parks and trails, and giving all residents safe access to them, the Bend region can meet many environmental and social goals. These include supporting and creating new small business jobs, improved public health, and reducing the emissions that cause climate change. That's the opportunity before voters in the Bend Parks and Recreation District this fall. For more info on Measure 9-86, click here.

After a spirited ride under sunny skies, we wrapped things up with a conversation over drinks and appetizers at Good Life Brewing. Thanks to all who came out and made this day a success!

Check out a photo gallery of our day below, and watch a report from KTVZ here.