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Puttering Around the Pavilion

Bend’s long awaited ice rink and sports hub

Ice skating has been part of Central Oregon winter sports activities for decades. Bend historian Jim Crowell recalls that back in the 1950s, well before the modern rinks at Sunriver, Seventh Mountain and in Redmond, locals would motor out to Tumalo Reservoir in the dead of winter for an evening of socializing and ice skating.

Today, thanks to a $29 million Bend Parks & Recreation District bond measure approved by district voters in 2013, instead of a frozen-over pond, Central Oregonians are enjoying one of the largest and architecturally stunning winter/summer sports pavilions in the Pacific Northwest.

This is definitely not your grandfather’s ice skating rink. The Pavilion is an $11.4 million, multi-purpose complex located on three acres adjacent to the new Bend Whitewater Park on the Deschutes River on Bend’s Westside, which will be open year-round and support a multitude of activities.

“People are finding that The Pavilion is much more than just an ice rink, sport courts and a large, covered structure filled with programs and events,” explains Director of Recreation Matt Mercer. It’s a community gathering place and learning center. In just the few weeks since The Pavilion’s December 2015 opening, organized programs for ice hockey, curling and skating lessons are enjoying extraordinary popularity. Kevin Collier, sports program coordinator for the district, says skating lessons are flourishing, all the available slots for curling are full, and a 12-team adult hockey league with 150 players is well underway.

During the non-ice season, Mercer says The Pavilion will host a variety of sport and recreation activities. “The blending of outdoor and indoor environments will provide a special experience where people can enjoy high-quality indoor activities while enjoying the fresh air and pleasant temperatures indicative of our high desert climate,” he says. “The facility is fast becoming a community gathering place where people of all ages and abilities share their passion for an active, healthy, fun and playful lifestyle.”

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The Pavilion

1001 SW Bradbury Drive, Bend

(junction of Simpson and Colorado Avenues)

Future potential recreational development: 8 to 9 acres

Architect: OPSIS, Portland, OR

Contractor: Apollo, Inc., Kennewick, WA

Completion date: December 2015

Cost

The Pavilion: $7.2 million

On-site improvements: $4.2 million

Acreage

The Pavilion: 3 acres

Programs

• Ice skating, hockey and curling November through March

• Court sports such as basketball, tennis, volleyball and pickle ball April through October

• Sports leagues, youth day camps, fitness classes, and community events

Amenities

The Spaces The Pavilion has a reception lobby, multi-purpose rooms, viewing rooms, warming rooms, restrooms, concessions, changing rooms and lockers. There is parking for 98 vehicles on site, but many more adjacent to The Pavilion.

The Ice Sheet A 17,000-square-foot ice sheet, complete with player boxes and perimeter “dasher” boards to protect players and fans alike, is the only full-size National Hockey League rink in Central Oregon and only the second east of the Cascades. Thirteen miles of tubing in the concrete slab distribute more than 3,000 gallons of coolant to ensure quality ice conditions even in marginal weather.

A “Glass Ice Palace” One of the more striking visual features is a curtain of translucent panels that wraps the south and west sides, open at the top and bottom, and designed to reduce wind and sun exposure on the ice while maintaining an open-air feel.

Warming Areas During the brutally cold winter months, visitors can either enjoy an indoor fireplace in the elevated viewing room overlooking the ice rink, or venture outside and snuggle up next to one of several fire pits.

Winter Season “Play for Life” Drop-in Programs

Open Skate Recreational skating for all ages and abilities. Children 6 years and under must be supervised by a responsible person 14 years or older. Regular fees apply.

Flex Skate Shared, multi-purpose use during normally low attendance times. Recreation, fitness and freestyle lessons permitted with some limitations. Regular fees apply.

Family Skate Open skating for families. All children must be accompanied by parent/guardian. Special rate: $6 per person, including skate rental.

Parent/Tot Skate Open skate and activities for toddler and preschool-age children. All children must be accompanied on the ice by parent/guardian. Special Rate: $6 per person, including skate rental.

Fitness Skate Single-direction, fitness skating around the perimeter of the ice rink. Regular fees apply.

Stick Time Bring your own stick, skates and gear and work on your skating, stick handling and shooting in no pressure, hockey-only sessions. Nets and pucks provided. Adult, youth and mixed sessions offered. Premium Session: Regular fees, plus $3.

Curling Time Learn the basics of curling or practice your skills during this mixed-use time. Instruction and equipment provided. Premium Session: Regular fees, plus $3.

Pick-up Hockey Get some extra game practice during these pick-up hockey times. No officials or scoring. Teams are self-selected each session. Full gear required. Premium session: Regular fees, plus $3.

Fees

Adults (19-59): Single visit admission $9, or 10-visit pass for $75

Older Adults (60-79): Single visit admission $8, or 10-visit pass for $67

Honored Citizens (80+): Single visit admission $7

Youth (3-18): Single visit admission $7, or 10-visit pass for $58

Premium Sessions: Premium sessions provide specialized ice times with limited capacity. A $3 add-on fee to the regular fee applies for these sessions, or purchase a 10-visit premium pass for $25.

Skate Rental:Skates ranging from toddler through adult-size 15 are available. Skate rentals are $3 per rental or $25 for 10 rentals.

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