BEND, Ore. — An expanded trail, boardwalk and vegetation are included in a $7.3 million beautification project to fix the crumbling bank along the Deschutes River in Drake and Pacific parks in Bend.

The Bend Bulletin reports the project’s design is about 30 percent complete.

Bank improvements vary along the Deschutes River, but they include removing a rock wall and replacing it with a more natural bank.

Project manager Brian Hudspeth says the banks are failing in places.

The beach where river floaters get out will be extended. There’ll be a path to a new plaza area where floaters can wait for the shuttle service.

Downstream from the beach, plans call for taller trees along the bank, with a few points where people can have unobstructed views or physical access to the river.

Information from: The Bulletin,

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