▶️ Future of popular Bend recreation area in doubt

BY MEGHAN GLOVA
CENTRAL OREGON DAILY

As Bend continues to grow, some areas of natural land are bound to be lost in the process.

One local favorite that could be at risk is off the intersection of Stevens Road and 27th Street, known as the Stevens Road Tract. It’s home to more than 640 acres of land and trails used daily by walkers, joggers, and especially dog lovers.

“It’d be really hard to get some adequate exercise for the dogs, and still get some time away from the desk,” said Bend resident and park frequenter Melissa A.

On October 29th the Oregon Department of State Lands will be hosting a public meeting in Bend where they will discuss the status of the state-owned property.

On the table are are potential options, including selling the land to be developed.

A final decision won’t be made until December 18th.

For residents like Melissa, a decision to sell represents a negative impact of Bend’s constant growth.

“I’ve been here 26 years, and it’s been overwhelming how many people have been moving here, and the growth rate and such,” Melissa said. 

Part of this land was included in the 2016 Urban Growth Boundary expansion creating the potential that it could be developed.

“This is the most carefree place and the ones with the longest trails that’s still in town,” Melissa said.

Oral testimony will not be taken at the October 29th meeting but public comment forms will be available.

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