Drake Park and Mirror Pond in Bend, Oregon

Photo by Glen Schaumloeffel

Photo by Glen Schaumloeffel

Drake Park is a 13-acre park located in the heart of Bend, Oregon. Park features include nearly one half mile of riverfront on Mirror Pond, acres of open lawn, an outdoor stage, restrooms and small picnic tables¹. It’s one of the places that causes so many visitors to fall in love with Bend. It’s a community gathering place that hosts many events throughout the spring, summer and fall, including the Old Fashioned July 4th Celebration & Pet Parade, the annual Great Drake Park Duck Race, and Munch & Music. Canoeing and kayaking are frequent activities on Mirror Pond and the multitude of majestic Ponderosa Pines and shade trees provide a great place to just hang out on a hot summer day.

Mirror Pond has a rich history going back to 1910, when the decision was made to dam the Deschutes River in order to bring power to Bend. Mirror Pond is not actually a pond, it’s a slow section of the Deschutes River created by two man-made dams. The boating segment of the annual Pole Pedal Paddle race used to be held on Mirror Pond².

Riverside homeThe homes along the river in the Drake Park Neighborhood Historic District are truly beautiful. With the exception of three houses, all the homes in the historic district were built between 1910 and 1954. Most of the houses built between 1910 and 1919 are American Craftsman style homes. In the early 1920s, a number of American Colonial style homes were built in the neighborhood; however, Craftsman-style homes continued to be popular as well. Beginning around 1925, other architectural styles were introduced to the neighborhood, including Tudor, English Cottage, Cape Cod, Dutch Colonial, and Spanish Villa designs., featuring Craftsman, Colonial, Tudor, English Cottage, Cape Cod, and Dutch Colonial architecture³. View homes for sale near Drake Park. Street names within the district boundary include Riverside, Tumalo, State, Congress, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, and Broadway. A boundary map is available here. Because of the unique and varied architecture in the Drake Park neighborhood and its close association with the early development of the city of Bend, the area was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.

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References:
1- Bend Parks & Rec District
2- www.mirrorpond.info
3 – oldbend.org

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2 comments

  1. […] with historical plaques and markers. Lot and home sizes tend to be smaller, although along Drake Park and Mirror Pond, you’ll find some of the most prominent and distinguished homes in all of Bend. Many homes were […]

  2. […] you want to shop, dine, hang at a coffee shop, browse art galleries, or take a stroll along Mirror Pond in Drake Park, you’re sure to find plenty to keep you entertained in historic downtown Bend. On the First […]

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