Central Oregon Daily$2 million in grants awarded for Sawyer Park renovation

$2 million in grants awarded for Sawyer Park renovation

 million in grants awarded for Sawyer Park renovation

Sawyer Park in Bend

The Bend Park and Recreation District announced Monday it has been awarded more than $2 million for an upcoming renovation of Sawyer聽Park.

The聽Sawyer聽Park Asset Replacement Project plans include聽relocating the parking area closer to O.B. Riley Road, adding accessible parking and聽habitat restoration, improving trail accessibility and adding a permanent restroom, picnic shelter and river overlook.聽

The project is expected to be finished by the end of 2025.

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Here is the full announcement from BPRD:

The Bend Park and Recreation District has been awarded more than $2 million for an upcoming renovation of Sawyer Park

The聽Sawyer聽Park Asset Replacement Project was awarded significant grants through two grant programs: the Land and Water Conservation Fund and Local Government Grant Program where the project was ranked number one in the respective competitive process for both grants

The聽Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)聽grant program awarded $1,299,163 and the聽Local Government Grant Program (LGGP)聽awarded $749,163.

Based upon current cost estimates, 71 percent of the聽Sawyer聽Park project will be funded by grant monies.聽Grants are an important source of funding for the district to support improvements to, and expansion of, district amenities including parks, trails and facilities. 聽

鈥淭hese grants are instrumental to the district鈥檚 ability to construct community desired improvements,鈥 said Rachel Colton, BPRD planner. 鈥淕rants also support operations and maintenance of other existing district assets that can be the focus for property tax funds.鈥

Sawyer聽is one of Bend鈥檚 oldest and most beloved parks. Years of use and increased visitation have created the need for an updated entrance and parking lot. The existing ones have reached the end of their life span and no longer provide the needed functionality and capacity for the park.

The upcoming project includes relocating the parking area closer to O.B. Riley Road, adding accessible parking and聽habitat restoration, improving trail accessibility, and the addition of a permanent restroom, picnic shelter and river overlook.聽The project is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2025.

BPRD received partner support for the grant applications, including by the City of Bend, Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council and Cascades East Transit, the Central Oregon Coalition for Access, and Bend Paddle Trail Alliance.

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