▶️ Sunriver Resort begins $40 million renovation/expansion project

Sunriver Resort announced Tuesday it will commit $40 million over the next five years to “new and refreshed facilities and enhancements,” including a year-round aquatic center.

Work has already started on a 10,000-square-feet aquatics center at The Cove, the resort’s pool complex and a full renovation of the resort’s 190 guest rooms and suites.

The resort also has plans to create an 18-hole putting course for families, enhance the horse stables and trail network, improve the Sunriver Regional Airport, and more.

“Two years ago we put together a significant vision plan for the resort, looking at where we wanted to add capitol, the upgrades we wanted to make,” said Tom O’Shea, managing director of Sunriver Resort.

$40 million in renovations sounds like a lot, but O’Shea says the resort does big changes like this every five to 10 years to keep the facilities modern.

In the past few years, they’ve added upgrades to the restaurants, golf course, and pool.

“Resorts, in general, it’s cyclical,” he said. “You’re basically always putting money into the resort. We have to keep ahead of the times.” 

The new aquatics center, expected to be completed by Memorial Day 2021, will expand The Cove into a year-round complex featuring an indoor pool, 12-14 person spa, waterslide and lazy river. Roll up doors will bring the outdoors in during warmer months, with the indoor facility providing shade and offering convenient access to the resort’s existing outdoor zero entry pool, hot tub, outdoor slide and splash pool. 

“The new Aquatic Center at The Cove will double our summer pool capacity so that our guests have more room to relax, and will give us a new amenity to offer during the winter months and when the weather is cool,” O’Shea said. 

Sunriver will spend $12 million alone on renovating its lodging options. More than 40 rooms will be ready for guests by this summer, with the rest of the rooms and suites ready for the first quarter of 2022.

“The renovations look very Pacific Northwest,” O’Shea said. “They’re definitely lighter and more modern. If you stayed here you’ll know the difference.”

In addition to the Aquatic Center and rooms renovations, other planned resort enhancements include restoration of the Sunriver Stables building and retail store, replacement of the original fencing, and new and expanded retail offerings. When the stables reopen for the summer, guests will also have the opportunity to experience new trails and vistas by horseback, as 6-12 new trails will be used by trail guides to offer more variety and disperse riders.

Renovation of Sunriver Resort’s 9-hole putting facility located behind the main lodge will result in the creation of a new 18-hole putting course for families. Built along the Little Sunriver, the course will offer kids and adults a fun opportunity to hone their short game skills before deciding whether to tackle one of Sunriver’s three 18-hole championship courses.

 For those traveling to Sunriver by private plane, significant upgrades to the Sunriver Airport are planned and underway, including an extended runway, new weather station, expanded parking and more.

“With the growth of Central Oregon, our weekend business has been getting bigger,” O’Shea said. “We see this as a unique attraction.”

Renderings courtesy Sunriver Resort

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