Helping Build Communities–Bend’s Pine Nursery park (2010)
Kids in Bend have a new place to go play this summer: Pine Nursery Community Park! The new park officially opened in early August with the help of a $650,000 grant from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department’s Local Government Grant program.
The grant helped the City of Bend build two softball fields, five multi-use athletic fields, soft-surface trails (which link the site to the nearby elementary school), a 1.3-mile fully accessible loop, a fenced dog off-leash area, a playground and picnic facilities.
The 159-acre park site was purchased by the Bend Parks and Recreation District from the federal government in 2004. The new park is the former home of the Deschutes National Forest pine seedling nursery.
Oregon State Parks awards thousands of dollars every year to local communities around the state through our Local Government Grant program. This program, funded through Lottery dollars, helps these communities acquire land, build a park or rehab an existing park. Not to brag, but some really great things are happening across the state as a result of these grants. Stay tuned – it’s more likely than not that one of these will be in your community!