#46 Miller’s Landing Park – Riverside Blvd

#46 Miller’s Landing Park – Riverside Blvd

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What we hoped would only take one summer is on it’s 3rd! We have saved up the riverfront parks. We started this project when the City of Bend decided to do some major overhauling of the property along the Deschutes river. I thought this summer would be the summer we finally concluded it all.

Plus, let’s be honest, river parks are much nicer when it’s warm out.

Unfortunately, when we went to go check out McKay Park, it was closed as part of the construction for the Colorado Dam Safe Passage.

20160604_104651We did get a chance to check out what is on the other side of the river, Miller’s Landing Park. This lot actually comes with some personal significance. My grandmother owned a house very close to the lot. When I was growing up, it was just an empty lot. I played a lot in it. I would launch inter tubes from there. I’ll even let you in on a secret, I even kissed a boy for the first time in the secret hideout that was created by a collection of large bushes. So, to see this lot transformed into a beautiful park was both amazing and heartbreaking.

The park has very limited water access. We really didn’t find any. There were breaks in the fence to the river. But, I wouldn’t really call it river access. I was slightly disappointed that there was no beach for my family to play on. If there was one expectation I had for this playground, it was river fun.

I am also surprised at the lack of picnic tables. For such a large space, there is very little seating.

20160604_104439There is a full bathroom. It is refreshing to see a park without a porta-potty. The park also has a decent sized picnic shelter when you can reserve for functions. There also seems to be a community garden as well.

Miller’s Landing Park was very beautiful. As with the large majority of parks within the Bend Parks and Recreation district, it is well manicured and cared for However, there seemed to be little for my family to do. It is a beautiful use of an empty lot. But, it feels a bit like a cubic zirconium. It’s lacking substance.


Ratings: 
(A scale of 1 to 5 where 1 is the least desirable and 5 is the most desirable)

Size: 4
Condition: 5 
Amenities: 3
Safety: 3
Fun: 2

Overall Score: 3.4

Miller’s Landing Park is a beautiful patch of grass with a community garden. It has no playground and no visible river access. There are breaks in the fence, so be careful if your with kids that might be really drawn to the water. There is a picnic pavilion for parties, and the parking situation is decent. There are actual bathrooms. You will also find a community garden. Miller’s Landing isn’t a bad park, but I wouldn’t call it a fun one.

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#23 Hollinshead Park – Jones Road

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Hollinshead Park was on our way to Stover Park from Boyd Park. I had expect to make it a quick stop, since there is no play structure here. I had not been to Hollinshead Park for years, so I was not expecting the amazing selection of activities. I was also thrilled the plentiful parking.

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Hollinshead Park is home to an amazing community vegetable garden. You see it right as you pull into the park. The Bend Park and Rec site explains more:

“Registration for a vegetable garden plot is done in-person at Hollinshead Park on April 26th. The line forms early and is outdoors so dress for the weather. Assignment of plots begins at 9:00 am on a first-come, first-served basis. A waiting list will be taken as well. Gardening classes will be offered throughout the season. For additional information, check the Central Oregon Master Gardener Association website at http://www.goCOMGA.com, OSU Extension Service-Deschutes County website at http://extension.oregonstate.edu/deschutes/ or call 541-383-3905  or 541 977-7661.”

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The off-leash dog area is on the north side of the park. I saw many furbabies getting their tennis ball on while we dropped by. You also find a water fountain, with dog bowls, nearby. There is also a porta-potty.

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So much of this park is just open fields and orchards. It is absolutely gorgeous. I need to come back some day when I can just wander around.

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What Hollinshead Park is probably most well known for is Hollinshead Barn. This is a popular place for weddings and big events. There was an event going on so I did not want to get too close. There was also a couple kids on their iPods near this door, that I didn’t want to image. Getting some better images of the Hollineshead Barn will be on my list of things to do when I come back. You can also schedule a small group visit to the Homestead House museum. You can find more information about all of this on the Bend Park and Rec page for Hollinshead Park.

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This park’s score are going to suffer, unfortunately. This is when our park tour is like comparing apples to oranges. I do think our son would find this park somewhat boring. Without a play structure, there is just not much to do. I plan to do this park again soon, this time with a couple of friends and just walk around. Please don’t let the below scores deter you from giving Hollinshead Park a visit. The grounds are beautiful!


Ratings: 
(A scale of 1 to 5 where 1 is the least desirable and 5 is the most desirable)

Size: 5
Condition: 5
Amenities: 3
Safety: 4
Fun: 3

Overall Score: 4

Hollinshead Park is a mecca for gardners and dog owners. Future Brides would kick themselves if they didn’t at least give Hollinshead Barn a look for a possible location. This park is missing a picnic structure and a playground. I did not see a lot of picnic tables. While the grounds are gorgeous you will need to plan accordingly if you want to use this park for a family outing. Because this park is mostly an off-leash dog park, keep that in mind if your children have issues with dogs as well