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Beginning Thursday, the public can weigh in on the future of Mirror Pond.

Four community meetings are set and a website is available to allow the community to learn more about the proposed plan and provide feedback to the city of Bend and the Bend Park & Recreation District.

The Mirror Pond Ad Hoc Committee announced this month a proposal to take over the hydroelectric dam operated by Pacific Power, remove the dam, and replace it with a new dam and a series of pools and riffles. The committee’s proposal would pay for the new structure and some modifications to the riverbank and channel through the sale or lease of riverfront property currently owned by the city, the Bend Park & Recreation District and Pacific Power.

The city and the park district haven’t reached an agreement with Pacific Power for the utility to surrender the dam and nearby land, and the committee’s proposal doesn’t identify how much it would cost to dismantle the dam, clean up any hazardous materials and build a new structure, or how much money could be generated from offering nearby properties for private development.

The first two meetings will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Bend Park & Recreation District offices, 799 SW Columbia St.

In January, two more community meetings will take place.

• 5:30 to 7 p.m., Jan. 7, Sky View Middle School, 63555 NE 18th St., in Bend

• 5:30 to 7 p.m., Jan. 12, at a downtown Bend location to be determined

The meetings will feature a presentation on the project, followed by a question-and-answer period.

The public can also go to www.mirrorpondbend.com, to read more about the project, see images and offer feedback through a questionnaire. A paper questionnaire can also be requested, by calling 541-706-6151.

The final day to offer public input on the proposal is Jan. 31.

If public feedback on the proposal is positive, an independent commission will be formed to handle the redevelopment.
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Mark DavisRemoving the dam is a great idea for so many reasons. Many thanks to the BPTA and their hybrid rivond.2 hours ago

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Mirror Pond Committee has come up with a solution for sedimentation problems in the pond and the City of Bend, Bend Parks & Rec and Pacific Power are partner...

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Jim VernonLooks good to me.3 days ago
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