By HANNAH SIEVERT
CENTRAL OREGON DAILY
Bend Park and Recreation’s $6.6 million Drake Park Project aims to improve the trail along Mirror Pond by adding bank stabilizations and new pedestrian paths.
Bend residents might be most excited about the new a boardwalk that will extend the Deschutes River Trail under Newport Avenue Bridge.
“It’s gonna be a great project,” Brian Hudspeth, Bend Park and Recreation Develop Manager, said. “We’re super excited about it for the people of Bend.”
The project’s plan went to the City of Bend Planning Commission Monday night for approval.
Many planning commissioners were excited about the plan, but some were hesitant that more than 30 trees could be cut down with the renovations. The plan was not approved.
Brian Hudspeth says Bend Parks and Rec would carefully deliberate over each tree and decide if cutting it down was absolutely necessary, but some commissioners want more trees salvaged and the tree plans to be more specific before approval.
“When we look at a site, we look specifically at what trees we can save,” Hudspeth said. “We don’t look at what trees are in the way — we look at how we can save them.”
Bend Park and Recreation will return to present further landscaping plans to the Planning Commission on Feb. 10.