First Street Rapids Park

Deschutes River Trail & Park Projects:
First Street Rapids Park
BPRD Project Phase 4 graphic

Overview: First Street Rapids Park currently includes trails, boat put-in, river access, a pedestrian bridge, and park amenities.  Park improvements will include additional accessible trails, seating areas, a natural play area and select riparian access.

Current Update: Design and engineering are complete for the east side route to the new bridge and for other improvements in the park.  Waterway Overlay Zone (WOZ) permitting for the park improvements on the east side of the river was approved in April.  Construction is anticipated to commence by summer 2015.  Construction of the accessible trail connection on the west side of the river including rock masonry on the retaining wall, landscaping, signage and other site clean-up work is almost complete.

For all First Street Rapids Park project history updates, click here.

Background: Development of the east side of First Street Rapids Park will allow the community to take full advantage of the park resources surrounding First Street Rapids and come close to completing all parks located along the Deschutes River. Developing the east side of First Street Rapids Park has been a priority of the BPRD Board of Directors because it provides access to the First Street Rapids pedestrian bridge.

Watch a timelapse video of the First Street Rapids / Deschutes River Trail Bridge installation: