It's a sure sign of warm weather in Bend: The sight of floaters, kayakers and other boaters passing through Bend Park and Recreation's Whitewater Park.
According to the Park district, the Whitewater Park is back open as of March 18, after a winter of work intended to improve performance in the channels.
“The winter modifications were completed with only minimal disruptions due to the winter weather conditions,” said Brian Hudspeth, development manager for the District in a Friday statement. “The feedback about the wave features and the passageway channel is favorable and we look forward to the upcoming river recreation season.”
“The work completed this winter accomplished the goals we intended, including a refinement of some features in the passageway channel that were enjoyed by more than 100,000 river users last summer,” said Director of Planning and Park Services Michelle Healy. “Even with the work done, river users need to recognize the dynamic conditions in a natural river and should prepare for the experience.”