Bend Park Master Planning

Hillside and Rockridge Park


Bend, Oregon


Bend Park and Recreation District



Cameron McCarthy (CM) worked with Bend Park & Recreation District (BPRD) to deliver master planning and design services at Hillside Park and Rockridge Park in Bend, OR. The project demonstrated the team’s capability to manage multiple project phases, which included community engagement, master planning, design, and construction administration. Most importantly, these projects demonstrated CM’s ability to interface and collaborate with multiple partners and local agencies, including City of Bend and Deschutes County. CM teamed with PBS Engineering + Environmental (PBS), Kittleson & Associates (KAI), and Hickman, Williams & Associates (HWA), who all had prior experience in recreational projects. PBS provided civil engineering services, environmental due diligence, and natural resource planning. KAI delivered transportation planning and analysis and assisted with local permitting and entitlements. HWA of Bend provided surveying services. CM also partnered with LandCurrent, Evergreen Skateparks, and Trail Wisdom on the design of nature play, skatepark, and bike skills course features at Rockridge Park.  

BPRD’s specific charge was to plan for, design, and construct future parks, trails, and recreation facilities to serve Bend residents, nearby communities, and tourists. A redeveloped Hillside Park and developed Rockridge Park provided an equitable distribution of park services in line with sustainable values and helped BPRD accomplish its goals. Determining how to improve the livability of Bend residents was a challenging undertaking, involving many considerations and requiring the combined efforts of various interests. The CM team turned BPRD’s visions into reality through collaboration and meaningful, engaging ways of planning and designing outdoor spaces to connect, revive, and inspire residents throughout the Central Oregon community.

In phase one, the CM team provided comprehensive planning and design services by developing conceptual master plans for Hillside Park and Rock Ridge Park. The master plan reflected the community’s desires for sizes and types of amenities (e.g., picnic facilities, play areas, and off-street parking), overall site layout, including trail connections to surrounding areas, and orientation of any built elements. Input from BPRD and the public directed which improvements were included and prioritized. The primary purpose of phase one was to establish short-term improvements as well as a long-term development vision for each park site, which formed recommendations for the prioritization of master plan elements. The primary purpose of the later phases was to implement phase one. These subsequent phases focused efforts specifically on detailed design work and construction.

The Hillside Park master planning process involved designing improvements to the neighborhood park and an adjacent community dog park.  CM worked with KAI and the City of Bend to plan future infrastructure facilities, including parking and multi-use path connections, in addition to amending the Transportation System Plan (TSP) to remove an obsolete collector street alignment.  Rockridge Park is located outside Bend’s urban growth boundary and CM worked with Deschutes County to obtain land use permits and entitlements and to plan for future infrastructure extensions (water, wastewater, etc.) to be available to serve the park upon future boundary expansion.  

Hillside Park at a Glance

The preliminary concept plans for the park envisioned new traditional play, nature play, off-street parking, improved access, enhanced signage and wayfinding, and dog 

park improvements, including perimeter fencing, small/large dog areas, and formalized paths/trails. Similar in process to Rockridge Park, Cameron McCarthy conducted a thorough public involvement campaign involving community members, collecting surveys on community recreation preferences and holding public meetings to present options and receive feedback. The final concept was derived from these efforts.  

Rockridge Park at a Glance

A 36-acre community park that blends a native Central Oregon juniper forest landscape with recreational amenities catered to the active lifestyle of its residents. Master planning by Cameron McCarthy defined park features, activities, and character to achieve a harmonious relationship with the neighborhood. Sixty percent of the site was retained as a natural area, while trees and stones in impacted areas were salvaged and integrated into the new design.  Designed and implemented features include a system of paved and natural running/walking trails; youth/beginner mountain biking skills course; nature play area; traditional play area; lunar-scape skate park; a disc putting course; and a large flexible open space with adjacent picnic tables and large shelter.

 ASLA Oregon Chapter 2019 Honor Award General Design