Visit Drake Park, a serene enclave in the heart of Bend with 13 acres (5.3 hectares) of rolling hills and waterfront walks. Stroll along the Deschutes River or enjoy a picnic on the park’s sprawling lawn. Look for the resident great horned owls.
The gentle Deschutes River winds through part of the park. This portion of the river is called Mirror Pond. Stop and take a photo of the reflection in the water of Mount Bachelor, which is one of Bend’s most iconic images.
Explore the park through its network of walking and biking trails. Relax on its rolling manicured lawns or sit on one of the benches along Mirror Pond and enjoy the view.
Attend one of the many events that take place at Drake Park throughout the year. See a performance on the large outdoor stage. Join quaint patriotic celebrations in the park’s annual Old Fashioned July Fourth Celebration. Summer warmth makes the Drake Park Munch and Music free concert series a pleasant way to relax outdoors. Sign up for a Bend bike tour to explore the park and the city’s other scenic sights.
Watch for Drake Park’s most famous residents, a family of great horned owls. In May, when the owlets hatch, the area surrounding the nest is cordoned off. Observe the birds from a distance and listen for their spooky calls.
From Drake Park, explore the adjacent Drake Park Neighbourhood Historic District. When Bend was established, this part of the city was highly coveted because of its proximity to the park and its beautiful views of the peaks of the Cascade Mountains. Discover 17 blocks of varied architecture and beautiful landscaping. Nearly all the homes in this area were built between 1910 and 1954. For this reason, the area was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Drake Park is open year-round from morning until evening and has no admission fee. Easily walk from the park to the rest of Old Bend neighbourhood and the surrounding downtown.