Parks Dept. Shuts Senior Center | Local News | Bend | The Source Weekly - Bend, Oregon
The Source Weekly’s reporting is made possible by the power of your support. Be a part of it!
Pin It

Parks Dept. Shuts Senior Center 

With older populations among those at higher risk of coronavirus, BPRD closes classes, center for older adults

Today Bend Park and Recreation District announced it will suspend service at the Bend Senior Center effective at 5pm Friday. Other programs at Juniper Swim & Fitness are also canceled, as they also include many older adult participants—a population known to be more susceptible to serious complications from COVID-19.

In addition, BPRD's adult and kid Therapeutic Recreation programs are canceled. The suspension goes through at least April 8, when BPRD will re-assess. As of today, 24 people in Oregon have tested positive for COVID-19, including one person in Deschutes County, who remains hospitalized.
click to enlarge Bend Senior Center lobby. - BEND PARK AND RECREATION
  • Bend Park and Recreation
  • Bend Senior Center lobby.

“The district is taking unprecedented measures to do what we can to help prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said Don Horton, Executive Director in a press release.

BPRD said it has installed signage in all park restrooms to further encourage patrons to wash their hands and cleaning crews at their indoor facilities are making sure to deep clean fitness equipment at night, and staff wipe down and clean multiple areas of use throughout the day.

As far as BPRD events,  the Wally Cup (starting March 13) at the Pavilion and Free Family Fun Night on March 14 are both canceled because of each event's size. On Wednesday evening, Gov. Kate Brown banned all events with more than 250 people—including church and wedding events—for 30 days.

BPRD's popular after school program, Kids INC. will still run as usual, BPRD stated today. However, BPRD spring break camps and other rec programs in schools will either be moved to non-school locations or be canceled.

For staff members, BPRD has laid out new restrictions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Central Oregon and the state:

  • Suspension of out of town travel to meetings or conferences
  • Meetings may not exceed 25 participants in a confined space and three feet of space is required for social distancing
  • Capacity in the District Office Community Room will be reduced by 50% to ensure social distancing. 40 or fewer participants will be allowed for reservations in the room through April 8.

“These measures are intended to help protect the most vulnerable populations we serve and to safeguard employees as much as possible,” added Horton.

Updates on BPRD related news can be found here:

Stay up-to-date on local emergency information:

And see updated stories, including event cancellations, at our COVID-19 HQ page.

About The Author

Isaac Biehl

Isaac is living proof that "Iowa Nice" is actually a thing. A journalism graduate from Iowa State University, he regularly writes about music, the outdoors and the arts/culture scene. Isaac loves the Trail Blazers, backpacking and a good IPA. He plans to one day win Survivor. Your move, Jeff Probst...
Pin It


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

  • My Marvelous Mentors

    My Marvelous Mentors

    Jim Anderson pens a farewell to readers
    • Aug 26, 2020
  • Make Masks Cool

    Make Masks Cool

    Bend nurses dole out PPE for fellow workers, after an angel donation falls in their laps
    • Mar 31, 2020
Today | Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu
Ponderosa Seedling Sale

Ponderosa Seedling Sale

Fri., Sept. 24, 9 a.m.
Submitting an event is free and easy.

Newsletter Signup

Get Central Oregon daily news
directly in your inbox

Get Social

Latest in Local News

  • Charges Pending, Payment Received

    • Sep 23, 2021
    Locals express outrage over the charges and release of Ian Cranston, who officials say shot and killed Barry Washington Sunday More »
  • Source Weekly Update 9/23/21

    • Sep 23, 2021
    The death of Barry Washington and an effort to make Bend's streets safer More »
  • The Invisible Audit

    • Sep 22, 2021
    A small but dedicated chatroom is coordinating a grassroots "audit" of Oregon's elections, with help from local Republican officials More »
  • More »

More by Isaac Biehl

Want to advertise with us?

For info on print and digital advertising, >> Click Here

© 2021 LAY IT OUT INC | 704 NW GEORGIA AVE, BEND, OREGON 97703  |   Privacy Policy

Website powered by Foundation