“When we envisioned the Old Mill District, walking and biking trails were intrinsic to the master plan,” said Bill Smith, who developed the district. “One of our core goals was to give people access to the river and enjoy the beauty of this area. We did this by creating a network of pathways in the Old Mill District that connects to the greater trail system on Bend’s West side.”
The Old Mill District worked closely with the Bend Parks and Recreation District to plan the trail system and loops integrated into its 270 acres along the Deschutes River. The color-coded loops range from 1 to 2.4 miles each and many are lined by lighted bollards that hold plaques to commemorate local individuals that have contributed in a significant way to Bend. Recently, the Old Mill District added several large interpretive signs that feature historic photos and information about the land’s logging and timber mill history.
Since 1996, the Big Chainring Awards have been awarded annually to honor individuals, businesses, and public agencies that have made significant contributions in support of better bicycling and walking in Central Oregon. The Safe Sidewalk Award was awarded to businesses that exceeded the legal requirements of keeping their sidewalks safe and clear during the 2009-2010 winter season.
For more information about either award, please contact Deschutes County Associate Planner Cynthia Smidt at (541) 317-3150.
About the Old Mill District:
The Old Mill District is one of the Pacific Northwest’s most distinctive and dynamic mixed-use developments. Located on 270 acres that formerly housed one of the largest sawmill operations in the world, the Old Mill District offers a rich history along with spectacular mountain views and scenic river vistas. More than 49 retail shops and businesses call the Old Mill District home. In addition, the Les Schwab amphitheater is Bend’s premier music venue, accommodating up to 8,000 patrons in its park-like locale. The Old Mill District – Bend’s most unique shopping, dining, living, and working experience.
The Old Mill District is open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Many stores, including Regal Cinemas and restaurants, have extended hours. For complete information on the Old Mill District, visit http://www.theoldmill.com.
Old Mill District