Farewell Bend, as it was once known, has come a long way since settlers named the picturesque city in Central Oregon. The name was later changed simply to "Bend" by the U.S. Postmaster who felt the name was too long. Bend has grown from a simple lumber settlement, to the thriving and vibrant urban center it is today with a rich cultural life.
Bend Park & Recreation District maintains and operates more than 2,600 acres of developed and undeveloped parkland. That includes 81 parks/open spaces and 65 miles of trail. We offer over 770 recreation programs for all ages and abilities throughout the area and at the Juniper Swim & Fitness Center and the Bend Senior Center.
Bend Park & Recreation District is a special tax district, separate from the City of Bend. It is governed by a five member, elected Board of Directors and managed by an Executive Director.