Bend Voters Pass Parks Bond

Voters in the Bend Metro Parks and Recreation District took a big step for livability Tuesday, passing a bond that will improve the region's economy and provide residents with more transportation options through new and improved trails and parks.

KTVZ reports that the $29 million measure had passed by a roughly 52 to 48 percent margin, with most of the votes counted as of Wednesday, November 7. 

A wide variety of projects are planned throughout the region from Tumalo to Sunriver, including new trails, safety improvements for river users, and improved public access to the Deschutes River. By voting yes now, Bend-area residents take advantage of lower interest rates and land prices that will significantly reduce the overall cost of these necessary improvements.

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 small business jobs, improved public health, and more affordable transportation options for all residents.

1000 Friends of Oregon led a tour of the bond's proposed improvements in October. See photos below, and read a brief recap here.

To see what's planned in the bond measure, click here to visit the Parks and Recreation District page.