District Comprehensive Plan

District Comprehensive Plan

A comprehensive plan is a tool used by park planners and the Board of Directors to anticipate and plan for growth in park, trail, facility and recreation program demand. Essentially it is a road map for the District and speaks to issues identified by the Board and the community. The recent update addressed changes in the community’s needs and interests.

During 2004 and 2005, the Bend Park and Recreation District developed a new Park, Recreation and Green Spaces Comprehensive Plan.  The Plan was adopted by the Board of Directors on September 20, 2005. You can download the original BPRD 2005 Comprehensive Plan here.

The Comprehensive Plan calls for a periodic reissue of the District’s Community Interest and Opinion Survey last completed in spring 2008. A similar community survey focused on recreation programming and future indoor facility needs was conducted in September 2011. A periodic review of the entire Plan based upon the updated survey results and other more recent public input is also called for. This allows for the addition of new planning tools and the updating of facility inventories and other elements that have changed since the Plan was last adopted.

2012 Comprehensive Plan Update

The District reviewed and revised its Comprehensive Plan in 2012. Decisions made during the 2012 Comprehensive Plan update will have significant impacts on addressing the future park, recreation and facility needs of the community. District residents were invited to review and comment on draft chapters of the Plan revision. Public meetings and several Board work sessions were scheduled in Fall 2012 and a formal hearing before the Board of Directors prior to final adoption of the revised Plan was in January 2013.

The final version of the 2012 Comprehensive Plan Update was adopted by Board Resolution #351 on February 5, 2013. The final version of the Plan can be viewed via this link:

2012 Comprehensive Plan Update (Note: 4 MB)

For more information on the Comprehensive Plan and how it may affect future park and recreation facility development in your neighborhood, please contact Michelle Healy, Director of Strategic Planning & Design, at (541)706-6113 or email to michelleh@bendparksandrec.org. 


What is a Comprehensive Plan?
A comprehensive plan is a tool used by park planners and the Board of Directors to anticipate and plan for growth in park, trail, facility and recreation program demand. Essentially it is a road map for the District and speaks to issues identified by the Board and the community. It is important to know that the plan is community-based and is reflective of the desires and needs of District residents. The previous Comprehensive Plan was developed in 1994 and adopted in 1995. Since then the District has more than doubled in population exceeding the 20 year projection included in the 1995 Plan. These circumstances and the need to periodically update the District’s long-range planning tools led to the development and adoption of the 2005 Park, Recreation and Green Spaces Comprehensive Plan.

What does a Comprehensive Plan address?
The Plan primarily addresses the recreation facility needs of the District such as, how many neighborhood and community parks are needed?  Where should they be located? How many sport fields are required and for which type of sport? It also anticipates and plans for the growing indoor facility and recreation program needs of District residents. The Plan considers the contributions of other public providers to recreation services as well, including the importance of the use of school district facilities for recreation programs.

Does the Comprehensive Plan include community trail planning?
Yes, since 1995 the Comprehensive Plan has incorporated the Bend Urban Trails Plan.The 2005 Comprehensive Plan also incorporates the Deschutes River Trail Action Plan jointly prepared and adopted by BPRD and the City of Bend. In 2008 the District adopted its own Trails Master Plan that includes an inventory of existing facilities and identifies the future need for additional primary trails as well as neighborhood connectors to parks, schools and other destinations.

How are District development projects funded?
Most of the facility needs identified in the Comprehensive Plan are development projects designed to meet existing and/or future community needs. Approximately 50% these projects are a requisite of community growth and will be funded with system development charges (SDC). SDCs are fees paid when new homes are built. These fees can only be used to provide future park and facility capacity demanded by new residents.  SDCs cannot be used to develop additional facility capacity to provide for existing need or to increase levels of service beyond that which current residents enjoy. Nor can SDCs be used for facility maintenance or rehabilitation. The district conducted an extensive review and revision of it’s SDC Methodology in 2008-09. The non-SDC eligible projects identified on the District’s Capital Improvement Plan utilize tax dollars and alternative funding sources. Some of the larger projects called for in the Plan may require future bonding support approved by voters in a general election.

How are citizens involved in the comprehensive planning process?
The Comprehensive Plan is community-based and an open public process is crucial to its successful implementation. In the development of the 2005 Plan, ten focus group meetings were held in February 2004 that solicited input from more than 150 citizens. Three community-wide meetings were held that allowed planners to gather more insight into the needs of the District. In March 2004, a scientific Community Interest and Opinion Survey was mailed to 1,500 households. The survey tested issues identified in the focus group meetings and helped to determine the overall need for recreation facilities and activities offered by the District. (The community survey was repeated in April 2008.)  In summer 2005, a public comment period was provided for the community to evaluate the plan and provide comments prior to adoption. On September 20, 2005, a public hearing was held and the final draft of the Plan was adopted by the Board of Directors.  A.  In September 2011, an additional (but not identical) survey was conducted in support of a Recreation and Indoor Facility Needs Assessment. The Needs Assessment project also included public meetings, focus groups and board review. The new data gathered in these more recent planning efforts is in use in the 2012 Plan revision. A review and comment process similar to that used in 2005 was scheduled with the 2012 Plan update.