Good article yesterday in The Bulletin about a recent Bend Parks and Recreation survey of 412 households in Bend area.
Despite having more trails than you can shake a stick at, Bend residents want more trails. Soft surface trails were the number one request from residents.
As a professional trail consultant, I track these types of surveys and the Bend Survey is similar to many other communities and cities in the US. Charlotte/Mecklumberg (NC) Parks and Rec dept survey found the same thing several years ago, and the US Home Builders Assoc. published a study some 5 years ago and found that trails were the number one amenity asked for by new home buyers (trails were asked for five times more than golf course as a close-by amenity).
The Break down here in Bend:
1. Soft Surface Trails
2. Multi Purpose Pools
3. Recreation/activity pools
4.Hard Surface- Multi-Use Trails
5. Off Leash Dog Areas
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