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Drake Park, Bend

(4.6/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web)
Drake Park is a 13acre park in Bend, in the U.S. state of Oregon. It was named for Alexander M. Drake, the original owner of the site.The park is a popular downtown community gathering place and hosts many events, including the Old Fashioned July 4th Celebration.Features include nearly one half mile of riverfront on Mirror Pond, acres of open lawn, an outdoor stage, restrooms and small picnic tables.A major renovation project for the park was completed in 2003. The restrooms were upgraded, pathways throughout the park were replaced with pavers making the walkway wider, new irrigation and lighting systems were installed, bike racks were installed, a seating and viewing area was added at Mirror Pond and the High Wheel returned to the park after years in storage.Drake Park is in the Old Bend Neighborhood. Drake Park Neighborhood Historic District is adjacent to the park.
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  • Located in the heart of downtown Bend, OR, this park borders the beautiful Deschutes River. Depending on the season and day of the week, one can find exhibits, music, beer tastings and almost anything...  more »
  • This place is likely on a million postcards as the views in Summer and Fall are amazing. The water is very calm and slow moving. Great place to take a canoe, or have a picnic on the grass. There are p...  more »
  • Drake Park is a wonderful place to walk and enjoy the scenery, the sound of the water. They now have sidewalks to walk on, which makes it even better, because it is level and safe. The beauty of seein...  more »
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  • Great place to relax and take a walk. Plenty of green grass with the river running right past. Great place.
  • This is a great park, but ever since Bend Parks and Rec started caring about the city's tourism value, the comfort and solace this park used to give many locals has been driven out by rules. As a child, feeding the ducks and geese in the park quickly became one of my favorite memories, but rather than paying for a cleanup crew to regularly handle the mess the wildlife made, BPAR instead chooses to kill some of them and ban this wonderful pastime.
  • Beautiful park, lovely for strolling and watching the ducks. Usually easy parking along the Park.
  • I enjoyed getting to stroll though this lovely park during my first trip to Bend.
  • Nice place to go for a walk and hang out. Usually lots of events and things to do during the summer. Right in the heart of town.