|Park district's $7.4 million headquarters|
All, but one, of the projects are on the west side. Yet again, no plans to build a park in southeast Bend, which definitely needs one.
One project would add a roundabout at Simpson and Columbia avenues so that OSU-Cascades can develop a four-year university at the old Mt. Bachelor parking lot. The idea of converting the Shevlin Center, a lagging business park, into a scattered college campus is ill-advised, to say the least. Central Oregon Community College, where OSU-Cascades currently resides, should be the permanent site of a four-year university.
An open-air ice rink has never worked in Bend at Juniper Park or at Shevlin Park, which is way west of downtown. The only "successful" open-air rink is at the Inn of the 7th Mountain and that's five miles out of town towards the Cascades.
In 2009, in the depths of the Great Recession, the park district squandered $7.4 million on a "state-of-the-art" administration building that the public didn't vote on and didn't want.
The big problem with the bond measure, though, is that foreclosures, bankruptcies and default notices still fill the classified section on a daily basis. Bend residents are suffering financially. It's too soon to ask residents to pay such a huge amount on a handful of park projects.
This town has too many more important issues to address -- like roads, sewer, water, sidewalks, storm drains, schools, etc. -- before the park district grabs an even bigger slice of that shrinking financial pie.