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    Pickin' & Paddlin' 2015 Line Up Announced!

    Join us for Bend's favorite party by the river featuring boat demos and live music the last Wednesday of every month throughout the summer. Demos start at 4 p.m. and admission is $5 with children 12 and under free. 100% of the proceeds support the west coast's first whitewater park that is now in construction at the Colorado Bridge.

    July 29
    Brothers Comatose
    Pitchfork Revolution
    Honey Don’t

    August 26
    Rainbow Girls
    Tone Red
    Sweet Harlots

    September 19 – SATURDAY
    Renegade String Band
    Franchot Tone

    Construction Updates

    It’s finally happening! The Colorado Dam Safe Passage and Bend Whitewater Park have an estimated completion date of the fall of 2015, according to Bend Metro Park & Rec District. There is still no final word on when the park and safe passage will be open for boaters and floaters and construction on either side of the river will continue through the summer of 2016. To see minute to minute updates check out this live webcam.



    This project will renovate the Colorado Dam to create three channels downstream—a safe channel for paddleboards and floaters, the west coast’s first whitewater park and a natural river area to enhance habitat. This project will also replace the existing pedestrian bridge connecting McKay Park to Miller’s Landing Park. It is primarily funded by Bond Measure 9-86, which passed in 2012. Of the $9.68 M budgeted for this construction, Bend Paddle Trail Alliance has committed $1.13M which we have raised and continue to raise through grants, private sponsorships and fundraising events.


    125 FOR 125

    At the end of 2014, BPTA raised our contribution to Bend Park & Rec for the whitewater park from $900K to $1.13M. For one, the projected costs of the project were exceeding the original budget, and more importantly, we wanted to support the inclusion of pneumatic features (or bladders) in the current, which will inflate and deflate depending on the water levels. The bottom line: We wanted to ensure we were helping to deliver the best possible whitewater park to our community.With $125K left to raise, we are launching our 125 FOR 125 Campaign.

    We're looking for 125 sponsors to each donate $1,000 or more to reach our goal of $125K. We need your help to reconnect the Deschutes River and enhance river health, beauty, safety and recreation. You can donate online by clicking in the header, or send us a check by printing off this form by clicking here. Do you know some river enthusiasts in our community that want to be a part of this lasting legacy? Please... forward along this email, or send them this PDF.

    The 125 FOR 125 campaign will raise funds to cover final Colorado Dam improvement costs not funded by the Bond Measure. Your donation will improve the connectivity and recreation opportunities of the Deschutes River while creating a safer passage for fish, paddlers and floaters in Bend's urban core. 100% of your donation supports the work of BPTA.

    Pickin’ Sponsorships

    We still have a few sponsorship spots for Pickin' & Paddlin', Bend's favorite gathering by the banks of the river featuring live bands, boat and board demos, food carts and more. If you know of a business that might be interested please send them this Pickin' & Paddlin' Sponsorship Flier or have them email laurel {at} tumalocreek.com.

    Thanks to our 2015 Sponsors:

    Special thanks to our 2015 Pickin' & Paddlin' Sponsors:


    Deschutes Brewery

    Cascade Lakes Brewery

    92.9 / Bend Radio Group



    Edward Jones

    Hydro Flask

    Witt Wear


    Eclipse Engineering

    Rebound Physical Therapy

    The Skjersaa Group at Duke Warner Realty


    Wright Design Studio

    Wall Street Suites

    Sun Country Tours

    Shelter Studio

    Mill Point Dental



    Lowes Group



    Bowerman Guitars

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