The push to build a new riverfront park in Bend got a boost this week from the Oregon Community Foundation, which announced that it has pledged $50,000 toward the acquisition of the Miller Landing property. The news brings the Trust for Public Land, and the community at large, a step closer to realizing the vision of a new riverfront park just downstream of the Colorado spillway. If successful, the area would be developed as a public park and potentially a vital component of a proposed whitewater play area that could be constructed as part of a planned redesign of the Colorado Avenue dam.
The Trust for Public Land identified the Miller Landing property as one of its highest priority acquisitions during a recent survey of community open space assets. Since that time it has been working with property owners, which include the Miller Family (of Miller Lumber fame) and Brooks Resources to purchase the property. Bend Metro Parks and Rec District has already pledged $750,000 toward the acquisition. Both the Trust for Public Land and Oregon State Parks have committed $250,000 toward the roughly $1.7 million asking price. The pledge from OCF brings, Trust for Public Land within $185,000 of its goal, which it must raise before the end of the year according to the terms of the sale agreement with the Miller Family and Brooks Resources. TPL believes that it can reach that mark, but only with the help of local residents whom it is turning to down the fundraising stretch. To donate, go online to tpl.org. To contact the local office, call or email Kristin Kovalik at 382-2092, or email Kristin.Kovalik@tpl.org