You can’t miss the Colorado Dam project currently under development in Bend, Oregon. If you’ve driven, walked, or biked over the Colorado Bridge, you’ll see the amazing transformation taking place in the river.
Essentially, the “Bend Whitewater Park project” will renovate the current Colorado Dam area into three channels downstream, including: a safe channel for paddle boarders and other floaters, a whitewater play area and a natural river area to enhance habitat. The existing bike/pedestrian bridge that connects McKay Park to Miller’s Landing Park will also be replaced. Estimated project completion is slated for Fall 2015.
McKay Park, located directly adjacent to the Bend Whitewater Park project, will be upgraded to support activities associated with the project including accessible trails, a larger beach, restrooms, changing rooms, an observation deck and new pavilion. Construction of McKay Park will be completed in late 2016.
Additionally, the District is designing a pedestrian undercrossing under Colorado Avenue to improve accessibility along the Deschutes River Trail, adjacent to the Bend Whitewater Park project. Construction of the undercrossing is anticipated to begin in late 2015.
It’s exciting to watch this amazing transformation take place right before our eyes! Every day there’s a crowd gathered on the bridge watching boulders being moved, or the water channels being manipulated. Watch this awesome time lapse footage from 5/2/15 – 5/8/15:
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